Introduction
in Screening songs in Hispanic and Lusophone cinema
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explains how the famous Spanish singer and actress Imperio Argentina starred in a film, Carmen, la de Triana, that was made in Berlin under the auspices of the Third Reich. It considers how punk music and its attendant sensibility and cultural practices were profoundly influential in Spain throughout the early years of democracy. The book maintains the emphasis on music as an indicator of the attitudes, social hierarchies and demarcations of youth but marks a shift in focus towards flamenco, which inevitably features prominently in Spanish cinema. It then examines the diegetic and non-diegetic contribution of songs to representative films of the so-called 'immigration cinema' genre within Spanish cinema and detects significant recurrent patterns and strategies.

Editors: Lisa Shaw and Rob Stone

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