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in Alejandro Amenábar
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Over a period of roughly two decades (1991-2011) Amenábar has made a small though hugely influential and impressive group of films, comprising five features and fours shorts. Of course his filmmaking activity also includes a wide range of collaborations as well as several projects as film producer. Amenábar has also played a key role in developing the careers of a growing number of fine actors and actresses. Also, while his style might be strongly Anglo-American, his films seek to exploit, as well as to update and refashion, traditional genre formats. Paradoxically, while Amenábar's films are predominantly characterand dialogue-driven pieces, set mainly in claustrophobic, oppressive interiors, his character creations remain relatively spare, thinly drawn and poorly motivated. In one way or another most of these male characters experience various forms of enforced passivity, immobility or entrapment.

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