Salto al vacío
Opening up the void
in Daniel Calparsoro
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This chapter discusses Calparsoro's first feature film Salto al vacío. Of all the films in Calparsoro's oeuvre, none has had more impact or been more discussed than his first feature-length film Salto al vacío. Salto al vacío placed Calparsoro in the frame of cine social and the subgenre of stories about urban youth. Central to Calparsoro's concept of the urban youth film is his use of violence. With his later films Calparsoro makes use of music directly composed for the films; with Salto, however, he makes use of pre-recorded music by the Smashing Pumpkins, Stiltskin and El Inquilino Comunista. An analysis of the music therefore suggests that Calparsoro uses it to do more than simply perpetuate notions of aggressive youth culture. Salto is in fact a remarkably quiet film given its content. The loudest use of music comes with the end credits; this, being the last sounds of the film, may have affected critical impressions of it as a loud and brash work.


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