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Men on the Screen

Re-visions of Masculinity in Spanish Cinema (1939-2019)


Edited By Juan Rey

Cinema, whether it is understood as entertainment, business, criticism, or art, is always a reflection of the society in which it is born. Men on the Screen is a review of masculinity in cinema made in Spain by Spanish directors from 1939 to the present. The objective of this volume is, then, to observe the different types of masculinities, whose classification gives rise to a chronology that goes from the man who embodies the dream dreamt by the dictator Franco to the modern man, who is lost in his labyrinth, while also examining the repressed men, those men who have strayed and who live in the city, the rascals and braggarts, those who fight every day just to survive, the petty criminals, those men who divest themselves of the rancid national-Catholicism in order to be themselves, those who are caring, those who harass and kill their prey, the heroes, those who seduce women with their gab, corrupt politicians, those who sell their bodies, grandparents, violent and chauvinistic men, those who live in anguish for the passage of time, and even those immured by repressing and hypocritical morality. All of the masculine categories delineated above indicate that cinema is a reflection of the great changes experienced by Spanish society during these years. During this long period, Spain has gone from being a poor, isolated, dark, sad, politically and religiously depressed country to becoming a dynamic, modern country, one of the great countries of the West. And these transformations, these men, who are diverse, who are in conflict at times, and who are depressed, hopeful, hungry, consumerist, and dreamers—they are what cinema gathers. What follows next is a catalog of men who have wandered and roamed the Spanish screens.

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Lucia Ballesteros-Aguayo received her PhD in Journalism by Universidad de Málaga (Spain) with the dissertation entitled “Children and youth magazines of the FET y de las JONS and of Acción Católica during the Spanish post-war (1938–1939): the press at the service of the Francoist State indoctrination” (2016). She currently develops her professional tasks as professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising of Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). She performed several research-stays in Università di Roma La Sapienza (Italy) and Università di Macerata (Italy). Her research interests focus on political propaganda and mediatic manipulation. She has published many papers in collective books and academic international journals like Revista Latina de Comunicación Social or Spagna contemporanea. Recently, she has published scientific papers such as “Civil war told by the Italian fascism” or “Children’s press for youth in the Spanish post-war.” She is member of the research groups PILAR, LADECOM and AHC, and is also member of scientific committees in journals as well as academic coordinator of seminars, meetings and international congresses.

Mónica Barrientos-Bueno received her PhD in Audiovisual Communication from University of Seville in 2004 with the thesis “The early cinematograph of Seville (1896–1906) through brochures and the local press.” She is professor in the Audiovisual Communication and Advertising Department of the University of Seville (Spain). Her research focuses on different aspects of cinema, including the beginnings and its rapport with painting, and on social television and TV series. She...

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