Reconstructing the past
Historical cinema in post-Franco Spain
in Contemporary Spanish cinema
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One of the most prominent features of Spanish cinema since the end of the dictatorship in 1975 has been its obsessive concern with the past. This forms part of a wider preoccupation in Spain with recuperating the past. This chapter provides a brief overview of the relationship between history, cinema and the mitología franquista (Francoist mythology) during the dictatorship. It examines some of the major trends and developments in this very broad grouping of films in post-Franco cinema. The chapter seeks to identify some of the complex features underlying the relationships between the present and the past in contemporary Spanish culture, their articulation through the medium of film and the interpretative and representational issues these interactions raise. Throughout the history of Spanish cinema, the rural genre has provided a focus for images of Spanish national identity for internal and external consumption.

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