Ninette (José Luis Garci, 2005)
Paris revisited
in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
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In José Luis Garci's Ninette the political and social realities of the Franco era are reduced to a set of comic markers. Set in Paris in 1959, among a family of Republican exiles, the film wears its history lightly, using exile and censorship as the driving mechanisms of a frothy comedy of frustrated sexual desire. This chapter shows Garci's project is multiply nostalgic, first, in its reinvestigation of the critical potential of Spanish genre film in the late Franco era; second, in its harnessing of the visual and performative codes of classic theatre and cinema; and third, in its revisiting of the city of Paris as a signifier of political freedom, sexual identity and modern cosmopolitanism, as well as cinematic escapism. The collapsing of the character of Ninette and the city of Paris into a single spectacle is at the heart of the film's reworking by Garci.

Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory

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