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Behind the Spanish Lens: Spanish Cinema Under Fascism and Democracy Peter Besas

Behind the Spanish Lens: Spanish Cinema Under Fascism and Democracy

Peter Besas

Published November 1st 1985
ISBN : 9780912869063
Hardcover
291 pages
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Since the death of Generalisimo Francisco Franco, Spanish culture has undergone significant change. And in Spain, as everywhere, social changes are portrayed most dramatically in the movies. Peter Besass BEHIND THE SPANISH LENS: Spanish Cinema underMoreSince the death of Generalisimo Francisco Franco, Spanish culture has undergone significant change. And in Spain, as everywhere, social changes are portrayed most dramatically in the movies. Peter Besass BEHIND THE SPANISH LENS: Spanish Cinema under Fascism and Democracy traces the work of those culturally powerful filmmakers who struggled through the years of Fascist rule and found new voices and a worldwide audience under the Socialist government that followed Francos death.Through his personal access to those filmmakers, Peter Besas has been able to recreate the political context and the cultural roots of this distinctive national cinema. Interviews with more than twenty of Spains most renowned directors include stories of hidden film reels and surreptitious research, of lost scenes and banned movies, of vague and constantly changing government guidelines, of personal attacks and the assassination of the Minister of Culture twenty-three months before the death of the Generalisimo.BEHIND THE SPANISH LENS is the first book-length treatment of Spanish film in English and is the only volume to treat the history of the art, from the first Spanish screening to the filmmaking trends that are evident today. The book includes over fifty stills from the most significant of those films, plot descriptions, and filmographies. And equally important, Peter Besas has deftly traced the varied relationship between the developing art and the political realities of a volatile nation.