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A question of love
Los amantes del Círculo Polar (1998)
in Julio Medem
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This chapter discusses Julio Medem's Los amantes del Círculo Polar. Spanish film audiences grew during the decade of the 1990s, along with the number of private television channels and new cinemas. Medem situated himself at the centre of his own Ptolemaic universe in the writing of the character of the protagonist of the film, the budget for which was set at 400 million pesetas. In the margins of the shooting script, Medem describes his story as a passionate fable with an atmosphere of great emotional tension. He also notes that any colours are to be neutralised by filters so that the controlled, schematic coolness of the film's structure offsets the passionate, romantic intensity of the characters. Also crucial to the film, and a notable advance in Medem's writing, was the structural, philosophical and thematic integration of a female subjectivity which balanced that of the male.

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