Essay on Spanish Cinema After the Dictatorship in 1975

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Spanish cinema has gained much recognition since the end of the countries dictatorship in 1975. One of the main reasons behind this recognition is due to creative control now being in the hands of film makers, such as Pedro Almodóvar, Fernando Trueba and Guillermo Del Toro in the late 20th century and early 21st century. These directors have created films which dealt with themes of nationality and national history, such as Todo sobre mi madre (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999) and Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006). Although Spanish cinema only started to develop into a distinctive style later in the 20th century due to the end of censorship and propaganda regimes, some film makers such as Luis Brunel gained international…show more content…
Sáenz de Heredia, 1942) under a pseudonym. Raza is a key example of government’s involvement within the film industry, with many films of the time being censored under the Franco regime meant the film makers within Spain didn’t have full creative control. Although the cinema of Spain was dictated by the government, audiences within Spain distanced themselves from the early Spanish films in the 1940’s due to the historical significance of the films and that they did not include modern traits such a fashion and setting. This has a lot of significance when discussing contemporary Spanish cinema. After political censorship was lifted, many films, for instance, Todo Sobre Mi Madre are set in modern Spain. Costume and set are hugely significant within the film. The contrast of old against new again holds significance within the picture because it reflects the country’s history and how change can be good. Firstly the narrative of the film is could be a reflection of the country’s history due to narrative events and themes. Manuela, the main character, shift from Barcelona to Madrid and vice versa can be viewed as a symbol which represents the country’s transition from the Second Spanish Republic party to a dictatorship and now to a democratic government/ monarchy. Secondly Manuela’s decision to go back to her old life in Madrid could be an alternative look at Spain’s history and how the capital of Spain has been changed
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