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The war that won't dieThe Spanish Civil War in cinema$
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David Archibald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078088

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078088.001.0001

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Surrealism and the past: Fernando Arrabal and the Spanish Civil War

Surrealism and the past: Fernando Arrabal and the Spanish Civil War

(p.64) 3 Surrealism and the past: Fernando Arrabal and the Spanish Civil War
The war that won't die

Archibald David

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks at Paris, the exiled residence of Fernando Arrabal, and at two films that Arrabal directed, ¡Viva La Muerte!/Long Live Death! and L'arbre de Guernica/The Tree of Guernica. A former member of the Paris Surrealist Group and co-founder of the experimental theatre group Panique, Arrabal drew on his childhood experiences in Spanish-controlled North Africa during the 1930s to create two searing, surrealist-inspired films melding autobiography and history. This discussion also explores the efficacy of his deployment of shock tactics as an attempt to provoke a political response from the audience.

Keywords:   Fernando Arrabal, Viva La Muerte, Tree of Guernica, Panique, North Africa, Paris Surrealist Group, shock tactics

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