Spanish Cinema against Itself

Cosmopolitanism, Experimentation, Militancy

by Steven Marsh

Published by: Indiana University Press

270 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 75 b&w illus.

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253046307
  • Published: February 2020


  • Paperback
  • 9780253046314
  • Published: February 2020


  • eBook
  • 9780253046338
  • Published: February 2020


Spanish Cinema against Itself maps the evolution of Spanish surrealist and politically committed cinematic traditions from their origins in the 1930s—with the work of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, experimentalist José Val de Omar, and militant documentary filmmaker Carlos Velo—through to the contemporary period. Framed by film theory this book traces the works of understudied and non-canonical Spanish filmmakers, producers, and film collectives to open up alternate, more cosmopolitan and philosophical spaces for film discussion. In an age of the post-national and the postcinematic, Steven Marsh's work challenges conventional historiographical discourse, the concept of "national cinema," and questions of form in cinematic practice.