This study examines the discourses of nationalism as they intersected or clashed with Spanish film production from its inception to the present. While the book addresses the discourses around filmmakers such as Almodóvar and Medem, whose work has achieved international recognition, Spanish National Cinema is particularly novel in its treatment of a whole range of popular cinema rarely touched on in studies of Spanish cinema. Using accounts of films, popular film magazines and documents not readily available to an English-speaking audience, as well as case studies focusing on the key issues of each epoch, this volume illuminates the complex and changing relationship between cinema and Spanish national identity.
'As a study of both Hispanic film and culture, the insightful findings yeild much valuable historical and theoretical information.'- Film Review
'A milestone in academic writing on Spanish film. It combines a keen awareness of debates around national identity within Anglo-American academic writing, with the historical perspective of much writing on film in Spain' - Mark Allison, Royal Holloway, University of London