Vicente J. Benet
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Tracing the past, dealing with the present
Notes on the political thriller in contemporary Spanish cinema
in Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre
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Spanish cinema has often made use of the generic conventions of political thriller films not only to chronicle present events, but also to critically analyse the past. This chapter presents several points for understanding how the political thriller has played an important role in the collective processing, both social and political, which occurred after the traumatic years of the Franco dictatorship. In the mid-1970s, at the beginning of the transition period, Spanish political thrillers took a didactic turn, reinforcing structures of social control and political power through several different strategies. In the years following the transition period, the political thriller underwent new revisions. The beginning of the 1990s was a particularly significant time. From a film genre perspective, it is revealed as symptomatic of the processes in which there is a radical departure regarding both social implications of the political thriller and in the narrative and stylistic formulas they use.

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