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Blood Cinema The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain

ISBN-10: 0520081579
ISBN-13: 9780520081574
Edition: 1993
Authors: Marsha Kinder
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Description: In this innovative synthesis of film history and cultural analysis, Marsha Kinder examines the films of such key directors as Buntilde;uel, Saura, Erice, and Almodoacute;var, as well as works from the popular cinema and television, exploring how  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/6/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 566
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

In this innovative synthesis of film history and cultural analysis, Marsha Kinder examines the films of such key directors as Buntilde;uel, Saura, Erice, and Almodoacute;var, as well as works from the popular cinema and television, exploring how they manifest political and cultural tensions related to the production of Spanish national identity within a changing global context. Concentrated on the decades from the 1950s to the 1990s, Kinder's work is broadly historical but essentially conceptual, moving backward and forward in time, drawing examples from earlier films and from works of art and literature, and providing close readings of a wide range of texts. Her questioning and internationalizing of the "national cinema" concept and her application of contemporary critical theory--especially insights from feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, and discourse theory--distinguishBlood Cinemafrom previous film histories. The author also makes use of a variety of sources within Spain such as the commentaries on Spanish character and culture by Unamunov and others, the contemporary debate over the restructuring of Spanish television. Kinder's book moves Spanish cinema into the mainstream of film studies by demonstrating that a knowledge of its history alters and enriches our understanding of world cinema. The interactive CD-ROM is available from CINE-DISCS, 2021 Holly Hill Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90068, (213) 876-7678.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Beyond the Boundaries of a National Cinema
The Ideological Reinscription of Neorealist and Hollywood Conventions in Spanish Cinema of the 1950s: Falangist Neorealism in Surcos
The Subversive Reinscription of Melodrama in Muerte de un ciclista
Breaking New Ground in Los golfos, El cochecito, and El espiritu de la colmeno
Sacrifice and Massacre: On the Cultural Specificity of Violence
The Spanish Oedipal Narrative and Its Subversion
Exile and Ideological Reinscription: The Unique Case of Luis Bunuel
The Economics of Exile: Borau On the Line of the National/International Interface
Micro- and Macroregionalism in Catalan Cinema, European Coproductions, and Global Television
Epilogue: El Sol Also Rises
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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