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Dean Allbritton, Alejandro Melero, and Tom Whittaker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097720

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097720.001.0001

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Askance, athwart, aside: the queer plays of actors, auteurs and machines

Askance, athwart, aside: the queer plays of actors, auteurs and machines

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(p.122) 7 Askance, athwart, aside: the queer plays of actors, auteurs and machines
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Performance and Spanish Film
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Brad Epps

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097720.003.0008

This chapter juxtaposes the Spanish ‘comedia de mariquitas’ [‘poofter comedy’] No desearás al vecino de quinto (Ramón Fernández, 1970) with Lucrecia Martel’s La niña santa (2004). By dissecting Alfredo Landa’s performance in No desearás al vecino de quinto, the chapter studies how the actor’s on-and off-screen persona as modern-day everyman and his flamboyant character highlight the split between actor and his craft. It also shows how this performance brings to fore a queer performance of identity that dovetails with the ‘queer sensibility’ of Martel’s directorial hand. While insisting on the multiple positions available to queerness, particularly in two films that seem to teeter on its edge, this chapter questions what it can mean to perform humanity through utterances, gestures and glances, through objects, positions, and gestures.

Keywords:   Queer performance, ‘Comedia de mariquitas’, Representations of homosexuality, Queer studies, Lucrecia Martel

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