Dancing with ‘Spanishness’
Hollywood codes and the site of memory in the contemporary film musical
in Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre
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The film musical has a long-established tradition in Spain. This chapter analyses the Spanish musical from the 1990s until today, focusing on how transnational quotations transform it and create sites of memory attached to the specificities of the Spanish cultural imaginary. Two categories will be studied. The first category is made up of those films that return to the period of the 1930s by dancing with the españolada: ¡Ay, Carmela! and La niña de tus ojos/The Girl of Your Dreams. The second category represents several successful productions treating contemporary relationships by integrating pop songs: El otro lado de la cama/The Other Side of the Bed, 20 centí metros/20 Centimetres and ¿Por qué se frotan las patitas? Analysing musicals leads to Hollywood, which gave birth to the genre in the 1930s and 1940s. The chapter comments only on those musicals that have been 'honoured' or referred to from the 1990s.


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