Auratic encounters with the child of the cine religioso
in The child in Spanish cinema
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This chapter concentrates on the ways that Marcelino, pan y vino brings the child to life on screen. It develops the idea of the child of the cine religioso as automaton by focusing on the dubbing practices which saw the child voiced by an adult female actress. The child as the future of Francoism's future was one of the central tenets of National Catholic ideology. The definition of aura arises from Walter Benjamin's reflections on Baudelaire, Proust, the photograph and memory, which led him to muse on the auratic encounter. Pavlovic concurs, suggesting that 'the presence of flamenco in Joselito's opus is not a question of entertainment, but an articulation of the passage from the traditional to secularised society'. Un traje blanco celebrates commodity culture even as it exalts the pricelessness of the child.


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