Almodóvar, Amenábar, Buñuel, and many more: this extraordinary volume not only presents the films of world-famous Spanish and Latin American masters, but also the names, stories and genres of intriguing less widely-known productions. Thought he latter may be only vaguely familiar to is, or sometimes even totally unknown, these works have often drawn millions of viewers to cinemas in their own countries, crowned the careers of gifted actors and actresses, or reflected political and social upheavals that have had planetary repercussions.
They have triumphed at prestigious international festivals and inspired the styles and themes of American and European cinema. Film-by-film, this unique collection presents a concise survey -- for the first time in such an integrated form -- of the best Spanish-language cinema. There are box office hits alongside art-house experiments, masterpieces by acclaimed names and the exciting debuts of emerging directors from Mexico and Uruguay. Some of these films have been distributed internationally, others have not. Rather than the sum total of facts, images, names and titles, what results here is a sweeping cultural and artistic overview. Less familiar films are highlighted and together they bring enriched meaning to our most beloved Spanish films, from 'The Exterminating Angel' to 'All About My Mother', from 'Pan's Labyrinth' to 'The Orphanage', from 'Love Dogs' to 'The Sea Inside'.
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