FQ columnist Paul Julian Smith examines the state of contemporary filmmaking in the Catalan region of Spain. Despite stories that have larger Spanish and international appeal, Smith refreshingly concludes that an antilocal aesthetic does not preclude a Catalonian influence and that Catalans will continue to make decisive contributions to both a commercial Spanish cinema that is aesthetically indebted to television and a less mainstream auteur filmmaking whose cinephile references cite both local tradition and Hollywood history.
Screenings: Letter from Barcelona: Rom-Com to Art-House
Paul Julian Smith is Distinguished Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures Program of the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of seventeen books, most recently Mexican Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television (Polity, 2014) and Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar, third edition (Verso, 2014).
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Paul Julian Smith; Screenings: Letter from Barcelona: Rom-Com to Art-House. Film Quarterly 1 March 2016; 69 (3): 67–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.3.67
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