Architecture and the Urban in Spanish Film (Book)

Edited by Susan Larson

An international and interdisciplinary group of film, architecture and urban studies scholars examine the relationship between filmmaking – the seventh art – and the built environment. Contributions from scholars in the fields of film, architecture and urban studies. 82 b/w photographs

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Susan Larson is associate professor of Spanish literature, film, and cultural studies at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of Constructing and Resisting Modernity: Madrid 1900–1936.

List of Figures 

Acknowledgments

Introduction Architecture, the Urban and the Critical Possibilities of Spanish Film Studies 

Susan Larson

 

PART 1: ARCHITECTURE AND THE URBAN 

1.Architecture, Urbanistic Ideology and the Poetic- AnalyticDocumentary Mode in Mercado de futuros (2011) by Mercedes Álvarez

Benjamin Fraser

2.Establishing Shots as Urban Blueprints in Spanish Feature Films

Jorge Gorostiza

 

PART 2: MOBILITY

3.The Rhythm of the Modern City: Traffic and Mobility in Spanish Film,1896– 1936 

Nuria Rodríguez- Martín

4.Childhood Spectacle, Modernity and Madrid as a Dystopic City: LuisLucia’s Cerca de la ciudad (1952)

David Foshee

Elevators and the Poetics of Vertical Mobility in Spanish Film

Tom Whittaker

 

PART 3: SURFACE TENSIONS 

6. An Archi- Texture of Pleasure: The Verbena, the Modistilla and the Mantón de Manila in Rosa de Madrid (1927) 

Juli Highfill

7. Surface Tension and Utopian Underworlds: Orpheus and the Executioner in Luis García Berlanga’s El verdugo (1963) 

Patricia Keller

 

PART 4: THE EVERYDAY 

8. Mediating Everyday Life: Domestic Architecture in Spanish Film 

Josefina González Cubero and Alba Zarza Arribas

9. Through the Looking Glass: Images of the Ordinary World in Oscar- Nominated Spanish Cinema 

Emeterio Diez Puertas and María de Arana Aroca

 

PART 5: MEMORY AND THE MONUMENTAL 

10. Who and What Was José Antonio Nieves Conde Criticizing in the Film El inquilino (1957)? 

Susan Larson and Carlos Sambricio

11. Madrid 1964: Icon of Modernity or City of Memory? A Look at the ‘Details’ 

Vicente Sánchez- Biosca

12. Making Madrid Plastic: Waste and Space in Pedro Almodóvar’s Post- movida Films 

Samuel Amago

 

PART 6: THE VIRTUAL 

13. Uncanny Urbanism and Generational Shifts in Carlos Marques Marcet’s 10.000km and Anchor and Hope 

Leigh Mercer

14. Dead to Capitalism: Zombified Territory and Junkie Spaces in Cabanyal Z, or How to Unleash Monstrous Creativity in the Urban 

Stephen Luis Vilaseca

Notes on Contributors 

Index 

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