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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

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

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078088.003.0004

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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