A Companion to Spanish Cinema

A Companion to Spanish Cinema


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This is the first detailed history of Spanish cinema written in English for English readers. It presents a balanced exploration of trends and genres from the popular to art-house cinema, including landmark documentaries and children's films. There are sections in each chapter where popular, oppositional, and experimental directors are introduced as auteurs. The eleven chapters are arranged chronologically from the silent reels of the photographers to the twenty-first century, taking into account technological advances, as well as production, distribution and socio-political constraints and developments. Each chapter ends with suggestions for additional reading and possible areas of future research.The bibliography concentrates on assessments and criticism published in English, and there is a filmography of all directors and titles mentioned, a comprehensive index not restricted to cinema, and a supporting selection of stills. Bernard Bentley is Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the University of St Andrews.

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  • Hardback | 532 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 45.72mm | 1,247.37g
  • Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • Tamesis Books
  • WoodbridgeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 black and white
  • 1855661764
  • 9781855661769
  • 2,056,578

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This volume is an indispensable resource for students of Spanish cinema, as well as for film scholars generally, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in cultural studies or cultural policy in Spain. MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES A Companion to Spanish CinemaI\> is a significant addition to this increasingly popular area in our field. To say that it is written by an enthusiast of Spanish cinema is perhaps an understatement: with this, one would truly feel that purchasing the book is money well spent (...) . As a "companion," the author's pedagogy and encouragement persist and, more importantly, triumph throughout. SCOPE A reference volume that pulls together the full variety of stories, genres, filmmakers, contexts that make up the history of Spanish film. (...) A full filmography and an extensive bibliography with a focus on recent writing in English are also included and will contribute to make this a must both for specialist and library collections. NEW REVIEW OF FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIESCongratulations are in order for Bernard P.E. Bentley. His voluminous A Companion to Spanish Cinema is a marvellous achievement and especially remarkable because it stands as the first such comprehensive history of Spanish cinema in English. I suspect that this reference book will become a fixture on the shelves of those of us who teach Spanish film and that it will appeal as well to cinephiles in general. It will undoubtedly see new editions in the years to come. REVISTA CANADIENSE DE ESTUDIOS HISPANICOS This clearly organized, up-to-date, meaty "companion" offers a chronological historical survey of Spanish cinema from the beginnings to the present. Highly recommended. CHOICE

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