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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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No laughing matter? Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in cinema

No laughing matter? Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in cinema

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(p.115) 6 No laughing matter? Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in cinema
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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/9780719078088.003.0007

This chapter explores whether it is possible to narrativise the civil war as a comedy through an exploration of four Spanish productions from the 1980s and 1990s that utilise comic elements: ¡Ay Carmela!, Belle Époque, La vaquilla and Libertarias/Libertarians. It examines whether the past contains discernible patterns and whether representations of the past, written or cinematic, are determined by the intrinsic nature of the events that they purport to represent or, conversely, whether these representations are determined by the emplotment and narrativisation choices of those operating in the present.

Keywords:   comic elements, war as comedy, Belle Époque, La vaquilla, Libertarias, narrativisation

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