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Contemporary Spanish Cinema: 1973-now

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Contemporary Spanish Cinema: coming out of dictatorship 1973-now


[Spanish Cinema: dictatorship and survival 1935-1973]




El espíritú de la colmena (Victor Erice, 1973)

The spirit of the beehive

Extract: Bedtime


Wikipedia article

The spirit of the beehive: Spanish lessons (Paul Julian Smith, 2006) 

Strictly Film School article

In the shadow of Franco (Derek Malcolm, Guardian 1999)

BFI Interview (Geoff Andrew, 2003)


El crimen de Cuenca (Pilar Miró, 1979)

The Cuenca crime

Extract: Torture and breakfast


Wikipedia article


Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón (Pedro Almodóvar, 1980)

Pepi, Luci Bom and other girls in our crowd

Titles and opening scene


Wikipedia article

Almodovarlandia commentary

Washington Post review 

Films Reflect a Brash New Spain (David E Pitt, 1988)

Strictly Film School article


Las bicicletas son para el verano (Jaime Chávarri, 1984)

Bicycles are for the summer

Extract: Playing at war


Wikipedia article 


Vacas (Julio Medem, 1991)


Extract: The cow


Wikipedia article

Strictly Film School article


Review of Sex and Lucía

Review of Caótica Ana


Amantes del Círculo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle): full film


Jamón jamón (Bigas Luna, 1992) 

Ham ham

Extract: start

Extract: end


Wikipedia article


Belle Époque (Fernando Trueba, 1993) 

Belle Epoque

Extracts - 14 mins



Scene: Ecclesiastes


Wikipedia article

Washington Post  review (1994)


Carne Trémula (Pedro Almodóvar, 1997)

Trembling flesh (aka Live flesh)

Extract: start

Extract: end




Wikipedia article

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

Life is a Dreamboat (New York Movies)


Tesis (Alejandro Amenábar, 1996) 



Full film


“Snuffing” Hollywood: Transmedia Horror in Tesis (Vicente Rodriguez-Ortega, 2005)


Bodas de Sangre (Carlos Saura, 1981) 

Blood Wedding

Extract: Pasodoble, and others


Strictly Film School article

Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy (James S Rich, Criterion Confessions)


Taxi (Carlos Saura, 1996) 




Full film


Goya en Burdeos (Carlos Saura, 1999) 

Goya in Bordeaux

Extract: Scenes of War



Reviewed by Paul Julian Smith (Sight and Sound)


El sol del membrillo (Víctor Erice, 1992) 

The quince tree sun

Extract: the painting

Extract: the song


Full film in 13 sections - starts here


Come Towards the Light: The Films of Victor Erice (Adrian Danks)

Still life with love and quince tree (Quentin Curtis, Independent, 1993)


Solas (Benito Zambrano, 1999) 

Women alone

Extract: Scene in bar (sub-titles in French)

Extract: parents


BBC4 Review (Clare Norton-Smith, 2003)


Habana Blues (2005): trailer


Hola, ¿estás sola? (Iciar Bolláin, 1995) 

Hi, are you on your own?

Start of film


Te doy mis ojos (Take my eyes), 2003 



Hitting Back at Domestic Abuse: Take my eyes (Matthew Arnoldi, Eye for Film)


El laberinto del fauno (Guillermo del Toro, 2006) 

Pan's labyrinth

Extract: Ofelia meets the Pale Man


Strictly Film School article

Pan's Labyrinth: Official Movie Site

'Pain should not be sought - but it should never be avoided' (Mark Kermode, Observer 2006)

Guillermo del Toro Interview (Brian Tallerico, UGO.com)


Las trece rosas (Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, 2007) 

The thirteen roses


The firing squad


Wikipedia article

Variety review (Jonathan Holland, 2007)


Recent books in English
The Cinema of Spain and Portugal

Alberto Mira
Wallflower Press, 2005
ISBN 1904764444, 9781904764441

La Verbena de la Paloma
El Espíritu de la Colmena

Limited preview in Google books
Spanish National Cinema

Nuria Triana-Toribio
Routledge, 2003
ISBN 0415220599, 9780415220590

Spanish Popular Cinema

Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, Andrew Willis
Manchester University Press, 2004
ISBN 0719062837, 9780719062834

Contemporary Spanish Cinema 

Barry Jordan & Rikki Timosaunas

Manchester University Press, 1998

ISBN 0719044138

Extensive extracts in Google books


Updated: 25 November 2010

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