Performance and Spanish film

While several critical works on Spanish cinema have centred on the cultural, social and industrial significance of stars, there has been relatively little critical scholarship on what stars are paid to do: act. Bringing together a range of scholars that attend carefully to the performances, acting styles, and historical influences of Spanish film, Performance and Spanish Film is the first book to place the process of Spanish acting centre stage. Comprising fifteen original essays, the book casts light on the manifold meanings, methods and influences of Spanish screen performance, from the silent era to the present day. It situates the development of Spanish screen acting in both its national and global contexts, tracing acting techniques that are largely indigenous to Spain, as well as unpicking the ways in which Spanish performance has frequently been shaped by international influences and forces. As the volume ultimately demonstrates, acting can serve as a powerful site of meaning through which broader questions around Spanish film practices, culture and society can be explored.

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‘…the book is a remarkable contribution that contextualizes many questions about performance in Spanish cinema presenting them attractively to international audiences. Of interest to both academics and students, it deserves the attention of film scholars and historians working in Spanish studies or looking for comparative references, as the rich film history of Spain has much to offer.'
Panagiotis Zestanakis, University of Crete
Historical Journal of Film Radio of Television

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