in Contemporary 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 presents the reader with a coherent picture of the main narrative, thematic, stylistic and representational trends which have characterised recent cinema produced in Spain. It seeks to explore the obsession of Spanish cinema with the past and its role as part of a wider recuperation industry. The book examines the varied forms of historical cinema ranging from literary adaptation and period drama to retro thriller and musical. It offers an analysis of other main forms of genre cinema which have dominated the commercial industry and the popular imagination in Spain since the 1970s. The book explores constructions of gender and sexuality across a wide range of examples taken from a variety of contemporary movies. It also focuses on cinema in the autonomous communities, mainly Catalonia and the Basque Country.


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