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En la ciudad de Sylvia/In the City of Sylvia (José Luis Guerín, 2007) and the durée of a dérive
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This chapter begins by surveying the work of José Luis Guerin and contextualises his career, his films and their reception within arguments relating to the relationship between local, European and world cinema. Thereafter, a revision of his earlier, complementary works leads to an analysis of En la ciudad de Sylvia/In the City of Sylvia and its construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of memory and myth by allusion to Henri Bergson's theory of an intuitive sense of the durée (duration) of time and its relevance to Gilles Deleuze's theory of the time-image, as well as the affined philosophies of the flâneur and the psychogeography of the dérive (drift) as practised by Guy Debord and the Situationist International. The aim is to delineate a textual analysis of a peculiar example of the contemporary Spanish art-house and to reveal a progressive, modernist, even Cubist notion of cinema that is exemplified in this film's elaboration.

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Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory


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