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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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800 balas (2002): undoing the ignominy of boyhood

800 balas (2002): undoing the ignominy of boyhood

(p.139) 6 800 balas (2002): undoing the ignominy of boyhood
The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia

Peter Buse

Núria Triana Toribio

Andy Willis

Manchester University Press

This chapter deals with Álex de la Iglesia's film 800 Balas, which was supposedly inspired by the stories of the stuntmen still working on the old western sets in Almería. De la Iglesia tells the viewers that ‘800 Balas reneges on this original filmic manifesto by casting a boy of about ten as one of its two central protagonists’. The film is homage to the hundreds of Spanish and Italian stuntmen who were employed to carry out the jobs that the US stars ‘could not or would not do’, and, in a subtle manner, also deals with a social reality: the issue of immigration. 800 Balas as a whole suggests that mothers, though well meaning, are not to be trusted; the final images say that blind faith in the father will eventually be rewarded.

Keywords:   de la Iglesia, 800 balas, Hollywood, protagonists, blind faith, stuntmen, original filmic manifesto

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