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.

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

  1. Benito Perojo’s La verbena de la Paloma
    Román Gubern
  2. The Referential Effect: Writing the Image of the War
    Jenaro Talens
  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

  1. Vida en Sombras: The Recusado’s Shadow in Spanish Postwar Cinema
    Jesús González-Requena
  2. Redundancy and Passion: Juan de Orduña and CIFESA
    Francisco Llinás
  3. Seeing beyond the Delicate: Luis García-Berlanda’s Novio a la vista
    Stacy N. Beckwith
  4. Between History and Dream: Víctor Erice’s El espíritu de la colmena
    Santos Zunzunegui

Part III. The First Steps of Transition

  1. Pastiche and Deformation of History in José-Luis Garci’s Asignatura pendiente
    Oscar Pereira
  2. Eyeing Our Collections: Selecting Images, Juxtaposing Fragments, and Exposing Conventions in the Films of Bigas Luna
    Ann Marie Stock
  3. Mother Country, Fatherland: The Uncanny Spain of Manuel Gutiérrez-Aragón
    Teresa Vilarós
  4. Images of War: Hunting the Metaphor
    Antonio Monegal
  5. Homosexuality, Regionalism, and Mass Culture: Eloy de la Iglesia’s Cinema of Transition
    Paul Julian Smith

Part IV. The Socialist Decade

  1. Sexual Revolution against the State? José Luis García Sánchez’s Pasodoble
    Ricardo Roque-Baldovinos
  2. A Search for Identity: Francisco Regueiro’s Padre nuestro
    Andrés Moreno
  3. What Did I Do to Deserve This? The “Mother” in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar
    Lesley Heins Walker
  4. Vicente Aranda’s Amantes: History as Cultural Style in Spanish Cinema
    Marvin D’Lugo

Part V. Representations: Reshaping the Margins

  1. Aimez-vous la representation? Notes on the Cinema of Pere Portabella and on Informe general
    Casimiro Torreiro
  2. Scripting a Social Imaginary: Hollywood in/and Spanish Cinema
    Kathleen M. Vernon