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Stars and Masculinities in Spanish Cinema

From Banderas to Bardem (Oxford Studies in Modern European Culture)

By Christopher Perriam

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Format: Hardback, 240 pages
Other Information: numerous tables and haltones
Published In: United Kingdom, 16 January 2003
Stars and Masculinities in Spanish Cinema focuses on the careers of ten Spanish film actors, including Antonio Banderas, Javier Bardem, and Eduardo Noriega. Chris Perriam traces their development as stars in the Spanish context and builds on recent, exciting work on Spanish film and culture by combining close study of performance in specific scenes with the theoretical paradigms of Star Studies and research into masculinities. Full use of popular and intellectual press coverage of these actors grounds the approach in the certain specifics of Spanish audience responses and production contexts in the period covered - more or less from Almodovar's Labyrinth of Passion to the latest premieres. Scenes from thirty key films are covered in detail, and the full range of each star's Spanish career is studied by briefer reference to some seventy films or more. Spanish cinema is among the most exciting and distinctive cinemas in Europe and this new study is a key contribution to the growing fields of Spanish Cultural and Film Studies.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ; Introduction ; 1. Imanol Arias ; 2. Antonio Banderas ; 3. Carmelo Gomez ; 4. Javier Bardem ; 5. Jordi Molla ; 6. Jorge Sanz ; 7. A newer generation ; Conclusion ; Bibliography

About the Author

Until his appointment to a Chair in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies in 1995, Chris Perriam was Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Durham. His publications include Desire and Dissent: An Introduction to Luis Antonio de Villena (Berg 1995) and he is a co-editor of A New History of Spanish Writing: 1939 to the 1990s (OUP 2000).


... a critically informed, beautifully written, lucid account of each actor's oeuvre ... Throughout, the author provides meticulous analysis of films that have, in some cases, been extensively treated elsewhere. What distinguishes Perriam's approach is the fact that the analysis is always grounded in a complex mapping of the stars' on-screen identities and their intersections with off-screen personas, socio-economic factors, and the cultural climate of post-Franco Spain ... ground-breaking ... impeccable scholarship ... exemplary work. Modern Language Review Perriam is able to juggle films from chapter to chapter without ever allowing the material to appear jaded or repetitive. Modern Language Review

EAN: 9780198159964
ISBN: 019815996X
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.99 x 1.78 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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