Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre

Edited by Jay Beck and Vicente Rodríguez Ortega

Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9010-3
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: March 2013
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Spain, The arts / Film theory & criticism


This volume is the first English-language collection exclusively dedicated to the study of genre in relation to Spanish cinema. Providing a variety of critical perspectives, the collection gives the reader a thorough account of the relationship between Spanish cinema and genre, drawing on case studies of several of the most remarkable Spanish films in recent years.

The book analyses the significant changes in the aesthetics, production and reception of Spanish film from 1990 onwards. It brings together European and North American scholars to establish a critical dialogue on the topics under discussion, while providing multiple perspectives on the concepts of national cinemas and genre theory.

In recent years film scholarship has attempted to negotiate the tension between the nationally specific and the internationally ubiquitous, discussing how globalisation has influenced film making and surrounding cultural practice. These broader social concerns have prompted scholars to emphasise a redefinition of national cinemas beyond strict national boundaries and to pay attention to the transnational character of any national site of film production and reception. This collection provides a thorough investigation of contemporary Spanish cinema within a transnational framework, by positing cinematic genres as the meeting spaces between a variety of diverse forces that necessarily operate within but also across territorial spaces. Paying close attention to the specifics of the Spanish cinematic and social panorama, the essays investigate the transnational economic, cultural and aesthetic forces at play in shaping Spanish film genres today.


Foreword - Robert Sklar
Introduction - Jay Beck and Vicente Rodríguez Ortega

Section I - Industry, marketing and film culture
1. The fantastic factory: the horror genre and contemporary Spanish cinema - Andrew Willis
2. Trailing the Spanish auteur: Amenábar, Almodóvar & de la Iglesia's generic routes in the US market - Vicente Rodríguez Ortega
3. 'Now playing everywhere': Spanish horror film in the marketplace - Antonio Lázaro-Reboll

Section II - Generic hybridity: negotiating the regional, the national and the transnational
4. From Sevilla to the world: the transnational and transgeneric initiative of La Zanfoña Producciones - Josetxo Cerdán and Miguel Fernández Labanyen
5. *Justino, un asesino de la tercera edad*: Spanishness, dark comedy and horror - Juan F. Egea
6. Tracing the past, dealing with the present: notes on the political thriller in contemporary Spanish cinema - Vicente J. Benet
7. Selling out Spain: screening capital and culture in *Airbag* and *Smoking Room* - William Nichols

Section III - Genre & authorship
8. The transvestite figure and film noir: Pedro Almodóvar's transnational imaginary - Carla Marcantonio
9. Caressing the text: episodic erotics and generic structures in Ventura Pons's 'Minimalist Trilogy' - David Scott Diffrient
10. Horror of allegory: *The Others* and its contexts - Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
11. Love, loneliness and laundromats: affect and artifice in the cinema of Isabel Coixet - Belén Vidal

Section IV - Multilingual imaginaries, borderless Spain
12. Dancing with 'Spanishness': Hollywood codes and the site of memory in the contemporary film musical - Pietsie Feenstra
13. Immigration films: communicating conventions of (in)visibility in contemporary Spain - Maria Van Liew
14. Spanish-Cuban co-productions: tourism, transnational romance and anxieties of authenticity - Mariana Johnson


Jay Beck is Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University. Vicente Rodríguez Ortega teaches at the Jacob Burns Film Center and he is Adjunct Faculty at New York University and Brooklyn College

Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre

Edited by Jay Beck, Vicente Rodríguez Ortega

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