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Religion and Spanish Film

Luis Buñuel, the Franco Era, and Contemporary Directors

Elizabeth Scarlett (author)

ISBN: 9780472072453

Publication Date: Dec 2014

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Provides a sustained study of the religious film genre in Spain practiced by mainstream Francoist film makers, the evolving iconoclasm, parody, and reinvention of the Catholic by internationally renowned Surrealist Luis Buñuel, and the ongoing battle of the secular versus the religious manifested in critically and popularly acclaimed directors Pedro Almodóvar, Julio Medem, Alejandro Amenábar, and many others.
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Treatments of religion found in Spanish cinema range from the pious to the anticlerical and atheistic, and every position in between. In a nation with a strong Catholic tradition, resistance to and rebellion against religious norms go back almost as far as the notion of "Sacred Spain." Religion and Spanish Film provides a sustained study of the religious film genre in Spain practiced by mainstream Francoist film makers, the evolving iconoclasm, parody, and reinvention of the Catholic by internationally renowned Surrealist Luis Buñuel, and the ongoing battle of the secular versus the religious manifested in critically and popularly acclaimed directors Pedro Almodóvar, Julio Medem, Alejandro Amenábar, and many others. The conflicted Catholicism that emerges from examining religious themes in Spanish film history shows no sign of ending, as unresolved issues from the Civil War and Franco dictatorship, as well as the unsettled relationship between Church and State, continue into the present.
Illustrations 9 black and white halftones
Pages 216
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 18 Dec 2014
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Subject/s Religion: general   Film: styles & genres  
Elizabeth Scarlett is Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature at the University of Buffalo, SUNY, USA.

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