Recuperating nationalist identities
Film in the autonomous regions
in Contemporary Spanish cinema
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Under Franco, as the regime attempted to 'rehispanicise' the Spanish nation, regional languages, cultures and identities other than Castilian were effectively outlawed and forced underground. As J. Hopewell points out, the death of Franco and the sustained popular pressure for political and cultural liberalisation in Spain in the mid- and late 1970s created the climate for a resurgence of nationalist cinema in the regions. In December 1975, almost immediately following Franco's death, more than seventy film professionals joined forces and set up the Institut de Cinema Catalá. It offered a new forum for debate and inaugurated the first of a number of attempts to define what Catalan film and a Catalan film industry ought to be doing and how Catalan professionals should develop their sector. The relevant powers over film production and promotion were transferred to the Autonomous Basque Government and delegated to the Consejería de Cultura.

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