A generation ago, Spain was emerging from a nearly forty-year dictatorship. This book analyses the significant changes in the aesthetics, production and reception of Spanish cinema and genre from 1990 to the present. It brings together European and North American scholars to establish a critical dialogue on the topic of contemporary Spanish cinema and genre while providing multiple perspectives on the concepts of national cinemas and genre theory. The book addresses a particular production unit, the Barcelona-based Fantastic Factory as part of the increasingly important Filmax group of companies, with the explicit aim of making genre films that would have an appeal beyond the Spanish market. It explores the genrification of the Almodovar brand in the US media and cinematic imaginary as a point of departure to tackle how the concepts of genre, authorship and Spanish cinema itself acquire different meanings when transposed into a foreign film market. Melodrama and political thriller films have been a narrative and representational form tied to the imagining of the nation. The book also examines some of the aspects of Carícies that distinguish it from Pons's other entries in his Minimalist Trilogy. It looks briefly at the ways in which the letter acts as one of the central melodramatic gestures in Isabel Coixet's films. After an analysis of the Spanish musical from the 1990s until today, the book discusses Spanish immigration films and some Spanish-Cuban co-productions on tourism and transnational romance.

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The ‘winter of discontent’ – views from abroad
John Shepherd

industrial strife of the ‘winter of discontent’, on which the US media remained understandably mainly silent (focusing instead on the normalisation of US–Chinese relations and the détente between the United States and the Soviet Union).2 Callaghan’s absence received a hostile press back in Britain, 4,000 miles away – though in Guadeloupe, as a world leader and NATO ally, he played honest broker at times between Carter and Schmidt. The day after his return, Callaghan reported to his Cabinet concerning the Guadeloupe summit on relations with the Soviet Union and China, the

in Crisis? What crisis?
Almodóvar’s, Amenábar’s and de la Iglesia’s generic routes in the US market
Vicente Rodriguez Ortega

-house circuits. 22 As we move forward in time, we easily detect how the next Almodóvar films released in the US market built upon the critical recognition the Spanish director had increasingly garnered in the US media via the inclusion of brief praising capsules from reputed critics. In addition, these trailers disseminate a series of signposts that remind spectators who were already familiar with Almodóvar films

in Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre
Alexander Spencer

to ensure his/her survival which make the act of piracy more susceptible to romanticization than mercenarism. US media narratives on PMSCs This anti-mercenary narrative continues up until today and is visible in media reporting about private military and security companies (Kruck and Spencer 2013). The chapter next examines the key narrative elements found in 183 of the most relevant articles concerned with PMSCs during the height of the Iraq War in three large US newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today) between 2004 and 2011.25 Setting

in Romantic narratives in international politics
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Iraq videos from YouTube to WikiLeaks
Christian Christensen

opinion or politics. And, by the same token, there is little evidence that the video had traction in the mainstream US media. This does not diminish the power of the content, but it forces us to realise how dissident voices are constrained by economic and ideological imperatives. This brings us back to points made earlier by Carruthers (Carruthers 2008) and Fiore-​Silfvast (Fiore-​Silfvast 2012), as well as in earlier studies on the nature of US war reporting (Bennett and Paletz 1994; Hallin 1994; Andersen 2006) and the political economy of US media. For all of the

in Image operations
Sibylle Scheipers

to Overlap Conditional International between sovereignty society/ international customary law society and great powers Table 4.1 Basic features of the interventionist discourse 61 Negotiating sovereignty and human rights The interventionist discourse is one of the discourses that informed US opposition to the ICC. Its main proponents are US diplomats, legal experts aiming at corroborating the US opposition to the ICC from a theoretical standpoint, and parts of the US media. However, the interventionist discourse is not entirely confined to US political actors

in Negotiating sovereignty and human rights
Open Access (free)
Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

–​Israeli conflict. In Comandante (2003), Stone offered a mainly sympathetic view of Cuba’s revolutionary leader, in answer to his long-​standing perception that Castro had been at best misrepresented, and at worst demonised by the US media. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2003, and was scheduled for transmission by HBO in May of the same year. However, in the time in-​between, a number of events combined to put Stone’s view of Castro into sharper, but alas more isolated, relief. The incidents further induced HBO to take the very unusual step of

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
Between old and new media
Maurice Roche

sport dimension of this evolving American media culture US media companies bought rights to broadcast Olympic Games from the rights holders, the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Mega-evens and mediatisation 61 Initially the sums involved were low. The US media corporation buying the rights to TV broadcasting could readily recoup their costs from income from advertisers for programming slots located within or near Olympic programming. So, albeit with the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that for at least the two decades of the 1960s and 1970s the prices

in Mega-events and social change
From Vietnam to the war in the Persian Gulf
John Storey

. 442–53. 4 Newsweek , 10 December 1990. 5 Quoted in the Daily Telegraph , 17 January 1991. The fact that Vietnam became a key issue in the build up to the Gulf War can be demonstrated by ‘A survey of 66,000 news stories that appeared in the US media

in Memory and popular film
A critical space for social movements in Ireland
Margaret Gillan and Laurence Cox

from concluding and in emboldening developing countries’ delegates – who were used to being isolated from one another and being threatened into agreement by Northern representatives – to ally and refuse the unfair terms proposed by the WTO leadership. In the 15 years since that event, the WTO, one of the flagship institutions of neo-liberalism, has not concluded a global trade round successfully. The US media were as hostile to social movements as the Irish, and a barrage of caricatures, anonymous stories from police sources and assertions of the perfection

in Defining events