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The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia$
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Peter Buse, Nuria Triana-Toribio, and Andrew Willis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071362

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071362.001.0001

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Muertos de risa (1999): comedy, television, history

Muertos de risa (1999): comedy, television, history

(p.97) 4 Muertos de risa (1999): comedy, television, history
The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia

Peter Buse

Núria Triana Toribio

Andy Willis

Manchester University Press

Muertos de risa tells the story of the rise and fall of two fictional stars of Spanish popular television, the comedians Nino and Bruno. One of its most striking aspects is its retro style and 1970s look. Costume is another essential ingredient in the film, recreating the past. The costumes in Muertos de risa are fastidiously created to complement the sets and give the impression of verisimilitude. Muertos de risa emphasises how important television was as a shared experience and how it produced memories held in common. The film, as a whole, suggests that the political legacy of the past should not be forgotten as the past is revisited from the safety of the present. And yet, one is entitled to be critical about the nostalgia, which remains in the film for such ‘communal’ viewing events.

Keywords:   Muertos de risa, cinema critics, television, costume, comedians, political legacy

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