Najwa Nimri
The interaction of director and star
in Daniel Calparsoro
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This chapter discusses the interaction of the director Calparsoro and the star Calparsoro. Calparsoro has not made his six films unaided and others participated in his work have collaborated to a greater or lesser extent. This collaboration both in terms of its significance for Calparsoro's own work but also in terms of how an individual director's work leaches into and interacts with other aspects of the Spanish film scene, in this case the Spanish star system. It expands to a consideration of the presentation of women in his films, particularly the Basque trilogy, ultimately linking this debate back to the role of Nimri in Calparsoro's work. Nimri certainly has her place within this matrix. Nimri's personal life has impinged on the perception of her star persona; the latter is founded primarily on the roles she has undertaken. Calparsoro's films contributed to her viability as a star, but she also began to develop a repertoire separate from that of Calparsoro's work, starting with Abre los ojos in 1997. Reviews of Calparsoro's work refer time and again to the idea of Nimri as Calparsoro's muse.


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