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This pioneering book is the first to argue that cinema and television in Spain only make sense when considered together as twin vehicles for screen fiction. The Spanish audiovisual sector is now one of the most successful in the world, with feature films achieving wider distribution in foreign markets than nations with better known cinematic traditions and newly innovative TV formats, already dominant at home, now widely exported. Beyond the industrial context, which has seen close convergence of the two media, this book also examines the textual evidence for crossover between cinema and television at the level of narrative and form. The book, which is of interest to both Hispanic and media studies, gives new readings of some well-known texts and discovers new or forgotten ones. For example it compares Almodóvar's classic feature Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios ('Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown') with his production company El Deseo's first venture into TV production, the 2006 ser

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This pioneering volume argues that cinema and television in Spain only make sense when considered together as twin vehicles for the screen fiction that has come to dominate the twenty-first century. Offering comparative readings of films such as Pedro Almodóvars classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with his production companys first foray into television production—a 2006 series called Women—alongside prize-winning workplace dramas watched by thousands on Spanish television, Alejandro Amenábars The Sea Inside, and the attempts to establish the dominant Latin American genre of the telenovela in the very different context of Spanish television.

About the Author

Paul Julian Smith is a professor of Spanish at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of over fourteen books and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and The Guardians film blog, as well as a founding editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

 

Introduction: Between Cinema and Television

 

1        City Girls I: Almodóvars Women on Film and Television

2        City Girls II: Televisions Urban Women, Pre- and Post-Almodóvar

3        Crime Scenes: Police Drama on Television

4        Dramatic Professions: Workplace Fiction on Television

5        Two Suicides and a Funeral: The Euthanasia Debate on Film and Television

6        Transnational Telenovela: From Mexico to Madrid, via Barcelona

7        Auteur TV: Case Studies in Creativity

8        Sitcom Cinema: Case Studies in Convergence

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781846312021
Author:
Smith, Paul Julian
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Liverpool University Press - Contemporary French & Francophone Cultures
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 b/w illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This pioneering volume argues that cinema and television in Spain only make sense when considered together as twin vehicles for the screen fiction that has come to dominate the twenty-first century. Offering comparative readings of films such as Pedro Almodóvars classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with his production companys first foray into television production—a 2006 series called Women—alongside prize-winning workplace dramas watched by thousands on Spanish television, Alejandro Amenábars The Sea Inside, and the attempts to establish the dominant Latin American genre of the telenovela in the very different context of Spanish television.

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