Introduction
in The child in Spanish cinema
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on the cine religioso (religious cinema), in particular, Marcelino, pan y vino. It examines the Marisol films from the 1960s and the way that she was groomed by her creators to respond to and engineer the economic and cultural changes of the consumerist Spain of the 1960s. The book also focuses on the Victor Erice's El espiritu de la colmena and works through cinematic memories of this film in later works such as El laberinto del fauno, El orfanato and El espinazo del diablo. It explores adolescent embodiment through touch and fantasy and returns the spectator to the powerlessness of childhood. The book also examines violence and oppressive religion as legacies of Francoism in two recent Spanish films, El Bola and Camino.

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