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Spanish Film Cultures

The Making and Unmaking of Spanish Cinema

ISBN 9781844578221
Publication Date May 2016
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series Cultural Histories of Cinema

The past four decades have seen the Spanish film industry rise from isolation in the 1970s to international recognition within European and World Cinema today. Exploring the cultural and political imperatives that governed this success, this book shows how Spanish film culture was deliberately and strategically shaped into its current form.

Nuria Triana-Toribio is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, UK. Her research interests include Spanish film and film cultures, cultural studies, and popular cinema and culture. She is the author of Spanish National Cinema (2003), co-author of The Cinema of Álex de la Iglesia (2007) and co-editor of the Spanish and Latin Filmmakers series for Manchester University Press.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The House is Built of the Stones That Were Available
2. And the Winner Is
3. Being Different: Almodóvar and the Academia
4. Rogue Males, 'Bad' films and 'Bad' loyalties: Santiago Segura and Álex de la Iglesia
5. There's No Such Thing as a Weak Enemy
6. Transatlantic Academia
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

Reviews

Nuria Triana Toribio's thorough biopsy of the Spanish Film Academy provides a lucid diagnosis of the condition of contemporary Spanish cinema and will enable vivid, challenging debate. Fascinating and hugely informative, this bracing book treats Spanish film cultures, both flowering and festering, as integral to the idea of Spanish cinema and is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand all the strategies that affect filmmaking in Spain.' - Rob Stone, Chair of European Film, University of Birmingham, UK 'Spanish Film Cultures is a rigorous, groundbreaking and excellently written study of how the Spanish Academia has shaped the idea of Spanish cinema.' – Dolores Tierney, Senior Lecturer in Film, University of Sussex, UK 'Spanish Film Cultures broadens and enriches current film studies about Spain. Instead of analyzing films as aesthetic objects or social tools of cultural production, Dr. Nuria Triana Toribio shows the ways that films fit into a larger sociopolitical landscape in the service of nationalism and cultural hegemony.' - N. Michelle Murray, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Vanderbilt University, USA
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