Ana Mariscal
Signature, event, context
in Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers
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The work of Ana Mariscal marks an event in the history of Spanish cinema. This chapter argues that consideration of Mariscal, the filmmaker, generates a philosophical tension between repetition - both in the sense of what is inherited and what is mechanically reproduced, the very basis of film itself - and her singularity as a female director. According to the critic, Andrew Sarris, Mariscal's work is indeed distinguished by a particular and highly recognisable style, and signature is that distinctive feature of a filmmaker's work, the identifying stylistic flourish of the cineaste. Jacques Derrida, in a context somewhat removed from film theory, argues that a signature is an elusive mark of absence. According to him, for the attachment to the source to occur, the absolute singularity of the event of the signature must be retained: the pure reproducibility of a pure event.

Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers

Theory, practice and difference


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