Modes of Representation in Spanish Cinema

Ed. Jenaro Talens and Santos Zunzunegui
A discussion of the range and depth of Spanish national cinema through a close reading of films from the Republican period, under Franco, in the transition period, and, more recently, under socialism.

Table of Contents


A Land Bred on Movies
Tom Conley


History as Narration: Rethinking Film History from Spanish Cinema
Jenaro Talens and Santos Zunzunegui

Part I. Sampling the Difference: The Thirties

Chapter 1

Benito Perojo’s La verbena de la Paloma
Román Gubern

Chapter 2

The Referential Effect: Writing the Image of the War
Jenaro Talens

Chapter 3

The Brigadier’s Crusade: Florián Rey’s Carmen, la de Triana
Juan-Miguel Company-Ramón

Part II. The Long and Winding Road: Spanish Cinema under Franco

Chapter 4

Vida en Sombras: The Recusado’s Shadow in Spanish Postwar Cinema
Jesús González-Requena

Chapter 5

Redundancy and Passion: Juan de Orduña and CIFESA
Francisco Llinás

Chapter 6

Seeing beyond the Delicate: Luis García-Berlanda’s Novio a la vista
Stacy N. Beckwith

Chapter 7

Between History and Dream: Víctor Erice’s El espíritu de la colmena
Santos Zunzunegui

Part III. The First Steps of Transition

Chapter 8

Pastiche and Deformation of History in José-Luis Garci’s Asignatura pendiente
Oscar Pereira

Chapter 9

Eyeing Our Collections: Selecting Images, Juxtaposing Fragments, and Exposing Conventions in the Films of Bigas Luna
Ann Marie Stock

Chapter 10

Mother Country, Fatherland: The Uncanny Spain of Manuel Gutiérrez-Aragón
Teresa Vilarós

Chapter 11

Images of War: Hunting the Metaphor
Antonio Monegal

Chapter 12

Homosexuality, Regionalism, and Mass Culture: Eloy de la Iglesia’s Cinema of Transition
Paul Julian Smith

Part IV. The Socialist Decade

Chapter 13

Sexual Revolution against the State? José Luis García Sánchez’s Pasodoble
Ricardo Roque-Baldovinos

Chapter 14

A Search for Identity: Francisco Regueiro’s Padre nuestro
Andrés Moreno

Chapter 15

What Did I Do to Deserve This? The “Mother” in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar
Lesley Heins Walker

Chapter 16

Vicente Aranda’s Amantes: History as Cultural Style in Spanish Cinema
Marvin D’Lugo

Part V. Representations: Reshaping the Margins

Chapter 17

Aimez-vous la representation? Notes on the Cinema of Pere Portabella and on Informe general
Casimiro Torreiro

Chapter 18

Scripting a Social Imaginary: Hollywood in/and Spanish Cinema
Kathleen M. Vernon