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Ann Davies

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073649

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073649.001.0001

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Najwa Nimri: the interaction of director and star

Najwa Nimri: the interaction of director and star

(p.35) 2 Najwa Nimri: the interaction of director and star
Daniel Calparsoro

Ann Davies

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the interaction of the director Calparsoro and the star Calparsoro. Calparsoro has not made his six films unaided and others participated in his work have collaborated to a greater or lesser extent. This collaboration both in terms of its significance for Calparsoro's own work but also in terms of how an individual director's work leaches into and interacts with other aspects of the Spanish film scene, in this case the Spanish star system. It expands to a consideration of the presentation of women in his films, particularly the Basque trilogy, ultimately linking this debate back to the role of Nimri in Calparsoro's work. Nimri certainly has her place within this matrix. Nimri's personal life has impinged on the perception of her star persona; the latter is founded primarily on the roles she has undertaken. Calparsoro's films contributed to her viability as a star, but she also began to develop a repertoire separate from that of Calparsoro's work, starting with Abre los ojos in 1997. Reviews of Calparsoro's work refer time and again to the idea of Nimri as Calparsoro's muse.

Keywords:   Najwa Nimri, Calparsoro, Spanish film, muse, Basque trilogy, Spanish star system

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