Directory of World Cinema: Spain (Book)


Though loved by moviegoers worldwide, Spanish cinema has thus far suffered from a relative lack of critical attention. Focusing on the vast corpus of films that have left their marks on generations of spectators, Directory of World Cinema: Spain returns the national cinema of Spain rightfully to the forefront with numerous full-colour stills and essays establishing the key players and genres in their sociopolitical context, including civil war films, romances, comedies and the cinema of the transition. From the award-winning big-budget productions of Pedro Almodóvar in Madrid to Pere Portabella’s experimental documentaries and the influential Barcelona School, reviews cover individual titles in considerable depth. Essential reading for aficionados of Spanish cinema at all levels, this volume provides an accessible overview of the main trends and issues in Spanish film.

Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano is a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication Sciences I at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain. He is on the editorial board of the journal Trama y Fondo.

Film of the Year: Biutiful

Interview with Jaime Rosales

Industry Spotlight: Spanish Film Production

Cultural Crossover: Influence of European Avant-garde

Representations of Violence: Don Quixote Visual Ridings

Festival Focus: Semana de Cine Experimental de Madrid / Experimental Film Week of Madrid

Film Location: Madrid

Directors Edgar
Neville Fernando Fernán-Gómez
Carlos Saura
Víctor Erice
Pedro Almodóvar

Auteur Melodrama/Melodrama de autor

Grotesque Comedy/Esperpento

Iberian Drama 

Musical (But Not Only Flamenco…) 

Period Films/De época 


Forgotten Cinema

The Transition to Democracy Cinema/Cine de La Transición

Crime and Thriller 

Fantasy and Horror 

Experimental Documentary

One feature of this book which should not be underestimated is its beauty. Every section is introduced with a full-page film still and other photos pepper the pages, showing off some of the most iconic images in Spanish cinema. ... It is a pleasure to pick up and leaf through

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A highly recommended book for those who want to obtain a perspective … on the past and present of Spanish cinema.

Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies Laia Quilez Esteve
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