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Vision Machines: Cinema, Literature, and Sexuality in Spain and Cuba, 1983-93 (Critical Studies in Latin American & Iberian Culture)

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Over the last decade, visibility and sexuality have become a major theme in Spanish and Cuban cinema, literature and art. Vision Machines explores this development in the light of contemporary history and recent theoretical accounts of sight by writers including Paul Virilio, Gianni Vattimo and Teresa de Lauretis.

The very visible women of Almodóvar’s cinema are Paul Julian Smith’s first subject. He shows how, in his early Dark Habits, lesbianizes the look, putting women’s pleasure at the centre of the frame, and then examines Almodóvar’s recent film, Kika, where the conflict between cinema and video is played out in the bodies of women: good, bad and ugly. Moving the focus to Cuba, Smith discussed the reception in Europe and North America of Nestor Almendro’s remarkable documentary on gays in Cuba, Improper Conduct, and traces the trial of visibility to which effeminate men were exposed. He compares Amendor’s work with the autobiography of exile novelist Reinaldo Arenas, which revels in graphic sex, and also looks at the first Cuban film with a gay theme, Gutierrez Alea’s Strawberry and Chocolate.

Smith returns to Spain to consider the response of artists and intellectuals to the public invisibility of AIDS in a country with one of the highest rates of HIV transmission in the Eurpean Union. Drawing on Anglo-American debates on the representation of AIDS, he concentrates on the one major intervention by Spanish scholars and artists, Love and Rage, and on the only figure in any medium to address AIDS in his aesthetic practice, the conceptual artist and video-maker Pepe Espaliu. He concludes with a fascinating account of Julio Medem’s pathbreaking film from 1993, The Red Squirrel, which has opened up a new approach to two formerly taboo subjects: Basque nationalism and female sexuality.

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Filmography: p. 153-162. Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-170) and index.

About the Author

Paul Julian Smith is Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Cambridge University. His previous books include Vision Machines: Cinema, Literature and Sexuality in Spain and Cuba, 1983-1993 and The Moderns: Time, Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859840795
Author:
Smith, Paul Julian
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Mass Media - Electronics Media
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Stage and screen
Subject:
Motion pictures and literature
Subject:
Social problems in motion pictures
Subject:
Motion pictures and literature -- Cuba.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
General Social Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Critical Studies in Latin American & Iberian Culture
Series Volume:
6961
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6 x 0.6 in 0.8 lb

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