A Companion to Spanish Cinema

A Companion to Spanish Cinema

Bernard P.E. Bentley


Tamesis Books



The history of Spanish cinema.
This is the first detailed history of Spanish cinema written in English for English readers. It presents a balanced exploration of trends and genres from the popular to art-house cinema, including landmark documentaries and children's films. There are sections in each chapter where popular, oppositional, and experimental directors are introduced as auteurs. The eleven chapters are arranged chronologically from the silent reels of the photographers to the twenty-first century, taking into account technological advances, as well as production, distribution and socio-political constraints and developments. Each chapter ends with suggestions for additional reading and possible areas of future research. The bibliography concentrates on assessments and criticism published in English, and there is a filmography of all directors and titles mentioned, a comprehensive index not restricted to cinema, and a supporting selection of stills.

BERNARD BENTLEY is Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the University of St Andrews.


November 2008
19 black and white illustrations
532 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661769
Format: Hardback
Tamesis Books
BISAC PER004000, PER004030, SOC022000
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Table of Contents

The Silent Reels of the Photographers, 1896-1918
The Silent Films of the Directors, 1918-1930
The Cinema of the Republic, 1931-1939
Years of Autarchy, Silence and Hunger, 1940-1951
The Establishment, the Cold War and the Dissidents, 1951- 1961
Opening out to Europe, the EOC and a New Cinema, 1961- 1969
The Last Years of the Regime and a Middle Path, 1969-1975
End to Censorship and Transition to Democracy, 1976-1982
A Democratic Spain and Socialist Cinema, 1982-1989
New Departures, 1989-1996
Coda: Into the Twenty-First Century


This volume is an indispensable resource for students of Spanish cinema, as well as for film scholars generally, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in cultural studies or cultural policy in Spain. MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

A Companion to Spanish Cinema is a significant addition to this increasingly popular area in our field. To say that it is written by an enthusiast of Spanish cinema is perhaps an understatement: with this, one would truly feel that purchasing the book is money well spent (...) . As a "companion", the author's pedagogy and encouragement persist and, more importantly, triumph throughout. SCOPE
A reference volume that pulls together the full variety of stories, genres, filmmakers, contexts that make up the history of Spanish film. (...) A full filmography and an extensive bibliography with a focus on recent writing in English are also included and will contribute to make this a must both for specialist and library collections. NEW REVIEW OF FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES
Congratulations are in order for Bernard P.E. Bentley. His voluminous A Companion to Spanish Cinema is a marvellous achievement and especially remarkable because it stands as the first such comprehensive history of Spanish cinema in English. I suspect that this reference book will become a fixture on the shelves of those of us who teach Spanish film and that it will appeal as well to cinephiles in general. It will undoubtedly see new editions in the years to come. REVISTA CANADIENSE DE ESTUDIOS HISPANICOS
This clearly organized, up-to-date, meaty "companion" offers a chronological historical survey of Spanish cinema from the beginnings to the present. Highly recommended. CHOICE

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