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Spanish Cinema in the Global Context

Film on Film, 1st Edition

By Samuel Amago

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200 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Across a broad spectrum of media, markets, and national contexts, self-reflexivity continues to be a favored narrative mode with wide ranging functions. In this book Amago argues that, in addition to making visible industry and production concerns within the film text, reflexive aesthetics have a cartographic function that serves to map the place of a film (geographic and cultural) within the global cinemascape, and thus to bring into sharper relief images of the national. Focusing on films in the contemporary Spanish context that in some way reflect back on themselves and the processes of their own production, that purposefully blur the distinction between reality and fiction, or that draw attention to the various modes of cinematic exhibition and reception, Amago proposes ways in which these movies can be employed to understand Spanish national cinemas today as imbedded within a dynamic global system.

Reviews

'Spanish Cinema in the Global Context is a much-needed contribution to the already vast body of Spanish film criticism because it moves beyond a national framework and incorporates examples of and references to many film traditions, thus questioning the appropriateness of the term “national.” The approach is fresh and focused on specific questions of filmic technique and distribution. Scholars and students of Spanish and international film, cultural studies, and globalization will find Amago’s volume a worthy and necessary read.' --Kathryn Everly, in Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures (2016)

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Art, Commerce, and Reflexivity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema 1. Historical Reflection and National Allegory in La mala educación ("Bad Education") (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004) and Los abrazos rotos ("Broken Embraces") (Pedro Almodóvar, 2009) 2. Mapping the Global Popular in 800 balas ("800 Bullets") (Álex de la Iglesia, 2002) and Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007) 3. Reflexivity as Media Critique in Tesis ("Thesis") (Alejandro Amenábar, 1996) Part 2: Spanish National Histories on Film 4. Processing the Past in Soldados de Salamina ("Soldiers of Salamis") (David Trueba, 2003) 5. The Ends of Historical Memory in Pa negre ("Black Bread") (Agustí Villaronga, 2010) 6. Migration and Meta-melodrama in Poniente ("West") (Chus Gutiérrez, 2002) and Un Franco, 14 pesetas ("One Franc, 14 Pesetas") (Carlos Iglesias, 2006) Part 3: Spain in/and the Global Cinema 7. Mapping Cultural Tourism in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008) and The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch, 2009) Conclusion.

About the Author

Samuel Amago is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Film Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015030
ART / European
ART037000
ART / Art & Politics
ART057000
ART / Film & Video
PER004000
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies