Alejandro Melero Salvador
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Rosario Pi and the challenge of social and cinematic conventions during the Second Republic
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Since the Socialist government approved the so-called Ley de la Memoria Histórica (Law of Historical Memory) in 2007 and opened a public debate in Spain, historians and scholars have developed new approaches to examine the Second Republic. This chapter studies the legacy of Rosario Pi, Spain's first woman director, in the light of new approaches to the Second Republic as the frustrated mother of today's Spanish democracy. It looks at Pi's difficult and short career and examines her œuvre as an exceptional case of challenging narratives in popular cinema. The chapter analyses her film El gato montés as an example of subversive cinema in which the filmmaker used the popular folklore genre for presenting innovative perspectives of feminist thinking. It examines how Pi was able to defy traditional ideas about women at the same time as she challenged long-established film narratives with a very atypical adaptation of a zarzuela.

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