Coming of age with Marisol
in The child in Spanish cinema
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Marisol was the darling of the Franco regime. Marisol's first film, Un rayo de luz (A Ray of Light, Luis Lucia, 1960), fetishises transformations. The transformations Manuel Goyanes wrought on his young star were recapitulated in the 'Pygmalion theme' which was the subject of most of her films. Viewing Marisol's films in the light of revelations about her exploitation may allow us access to a part of Spanish history which might be reconsidered before taking its place in a revised cultural memory. Earlier films had stressed flamenco as the essence of Spanishness, in Busqueme a esa chica (Get that Girl for Me, Fernando Palacios/George Sherman, 1964). Marisol as archive and icon of cultural memory, charts the coming of age of a nation. Marisol retired from public life leaving endless speculation about her life, her private life and the ways she represents the feelings of the nation.

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