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Spanish Film Under Franco

Higginbotham, Virginia

ISBN 10: 0292775911 / ISBN 13: 9780292775916
Published by U of Texas Press; Austin, 1988
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University of Texas Press. Austin. 1988. FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER in FINE Condition in FINE Dustjacket. Interior PRISTINE: clean, tight, bright, unread. A remarkable copy, suitable for gifting or collection. Carefully shipped in secure parcel. Bookseller Inventory # 509143

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Title: Spanish Film Under Franco

Publisher: U of Texas Press; Austin

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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How does a totalitarian government influence the arts, and how do the arts respond? Spanish Film Under Franco raises these important questions, giving English speakers a starting point in their study of Spanish cinema.

After a brief overview of Spanish film before Franco, the author proceeds to a discussion of censorship as practiced by the Franco regime. The response of directors to censorship—the “franquista aesthetic,” or “aesthetic of repression,” with its highly metaphorical, oblique style—is explored in the works of Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, and other important directors.

Virginia Higginbotham combines historical perspective with detailed critical analysis and interpretation of many famous Franco-era films. She shows how directors managed to evade the censors and raise public awareness of issues relating to the Spanish Civil War and the repressions of the Franco regime.

Film has always performed an educational function in Spain, reaching masses of poor and uneducated citizens. And sometimes, as this study also reveals, Spanish film has been ignored when the questions it raised became too painful or demanding.

The author concludes with a look at post-Franco cinema and the directions it has taken. For anyone interested in modern Spanish film, this book will be essential reading.

About the Author:

Virginia Higginbotham is Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of several books.

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