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- DescriptionThis pioneering book is the first to argue that cinema and television in Spain only make sense when considered together as twin vehicles for screen fiction. The Spanish audiovisual sector is w one of the most successful in the world, with feature films achieving wider distribution in foreign markets than nations with better kwn cinematic traditions and newly invative TV formats, already dominant at home, w widely exported. Beyond the industrial context, which has seen close convergence of the two media, this book also examines the textual evidence for crossover between cinema and television at the level of narrative and form. The book, which is of interest to both Hispanic and media studies, gives new readings of some well-kwn texts and discovers new or forgotten ones. For example it compares Almodovar's classic feature Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios ( Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown ) with his production company El Deseo's first venture into TV production, the 2006 series also kwn as Mujeres ( Women ). It also reclaims the lost history of female flat share comedy on Spanish TV from the 1960s to the present day. It examines a wide range of prize winning workplace drama on TV, from police shows, to hospital and legal series. Amenabar's Mar adentro ( The Sea Inside ) an Oscar-winning film on the theme of euthanasia, is contrasted with its antecedent, an episode of national network Tele5's top-rated drama Periodistas . The book also traces the attempt to establish a Latin American genre, the televela, in the very different context of Spanish scheduling. Finally it proposes two new terms: 'Auteur TV' charts the careers of creators who have established distinctive profiles in television over decades; 'sitcom cinema' charts, conversely, the incursion of television aesthetics and ecomics into the film comedies that have proved amongst the most popular features at the Spanish box office in the last decade.
- Author BiographyPaul Julian Smith has been the Professor of Spanish in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages of the University of Cambridge since 1991 and Visiting Professor in ten universities (including Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU's King Juan Carlos Chair, Johns Hopkins, Universidad del Pais Vasco, and Lund, Sweden). He has given over one hundred invited lectures and conference papers around the world and is the author of fourteen books. He is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound, the magazine of the British Film Institute, and the Guardian Film Blog, and is a Trustee of the British University Film and Video Council. He is one of four founding editors of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and was the editor of the book series Oxford Hispanic Studies, published by Oxford University Press.
- Author(s)Paul Julian Smith
- PublisherLiverpool University Press
- Date of Publication01/09/2009
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleContemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 3
- Place of PublicationLiverpool
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintLiverpool University Press
- Content Note21 black & white illustrations
- Weight322 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
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