Alejandro Amenábar

By Barry Jordan

Alejandro Amenábar


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3941-2
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Spain, Individual film directors, film-makers, Electronic, holographic & video art, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, ART / Film & Video, The arts / Film theory & criticism, The arts / Films, cinema
  • Series: Spanish and Latin-American Filmmakers


Since the release of his first feature in 1996, Alejandro Amenábar has become the 'golden boy' of Spanish filmmaking, a bankable star director whose brand virtually guarantees quality, big audiences and domestic box office success. He has directed three of the highest-grossing movies in Spanish film history and has enjoyed enormous international and critical acclaim, including an Oscar for Best Foreign Film for Mar Adentro/The Sea Inside, 2004.

This book is the first full-length study in English of Amenábar's shorts and feature films. It provides detailed analysis of his engagement with popular film genres as the basis for an auteur cinema and incorporates a reappraisal of his auteurism as fundamentally decentred and shared. An essential resource for students, scholars and fans of Amenábar, the book will also appeal to a wider readership, including professionals in the film, media and culture industries as well as those who have a general interest in the best of Spanish, European and world cinema.


1 Young Orson, King Midas and the emerging auteur
2 From film freak to jack-of-all-trades
3 The violent image: Tesis
4 Life, death and the Disneyland question: Abre los ojos
5 Clean, quiet, scary movies: The Others
6 Fighting to die: Mar Adentro
7 The rage of unreason: Agora
8 Afterword/post-script


Barry Jordan is Professor of European Cinema and Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester

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