Spanish Cinema in the Global Context
Film on Film
By Samuel Amago
Routledge – 2014 – 200 pages
Across a broad spectrum of media, markets, and national contexts, self-reflexivity continues to be a favored narrative mode with wide ranging functions. In this book Amago argues that, in addition to making visible industry and production concerns within the film text, reflexive aesthetics have a cartographic function that serves to map the place of a film (geographic and cultural) within the global cinemascape, and thus to bring into sharper relief images of the national. Focusing on films in the contemporary Spanish context that in some way reflect back on themselves and the processes of their own production, that purposefully blur the distinction between reality and fiction, or that draw attention to the various modes of cinematic exhibition and reception, Amago proposes ways in which these movies can be employed to understand Spanish national cinemas today as imbedded within a dynamic global system.
Introduction Part 1: Art, Commerce, and Reflexivity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema 1. Historical Reflection and National Allegory in La mala educación ("Bad Education") (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004) and Los abrazos rotos ("Broken Embraces") (Pedro Almodóvar, 2009) 2. Mapping the Global Popular in 800 balas ("800 Bullets") (Álex de la Iglesia, 2002) and Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007) 3. Reflexivity as Media Critique in Tesis ("Thesis") (Alejandro Amenábar, 1996) Part 2: Spanish National Histories on Film 4. Processing the Past in Soldados de Salamina ("Soldiers of Salamis") (David Trueba, 2003) 5. The Ends of Historical Memory in Pa negre ("Black Bread") (Agustí Villaronga, 2010) 6. Migration and Meta-melodrama in Poniente ("West") (Chus Gutiérrez, 2002) and Un Franco, 14 pesetas ("One Franc, 14 Pesetas") (Carlos Iglesias, 2006) Part 3: Spain in/and the Global Cinema 7. Mapping Cultural Tourism in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008) and The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch, 2009) Conclusion.
Samuel Amago is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.