in Contemporary Spanish cinema
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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Spanish cinema has enjoyed numerous instances of significant national and international success but against a background of industrial weakness and apparent long-term decline. Fernando Trueba's Oscar success with Belle Epoque in 1993 provided a welcome boost for Spanish films in overseas markets and confirmed that Spanish directors and the Spanish industry could compete with Hollywood. However, other siren voices in the early 1990s could be heard, voices announcing Spanish cinema's imminent demise. In anticipation of the centenary of Spain's film industry in 1995, critic Romá Gubern wondered whether he would be attending a funeral rather than a celebration. The period 1993 to 1994 was perhaps one of the most difficult for the film industry in post-Franco Spain, particularly in relation to production totals and audience figures.


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