The first Spanish fiction film is claimed to be Riña en un café/Brawl in a Café (Fructuós Gelabert, 1897). Film production was initially located in Barcelona, with the films of Segundo de Chomón considered particularly distinctive in their use of state-of-the-art special effects and fantastical imagery (see early cinema; trick film). From the 1920s film studios in Madrid became a centre of film production, specializing in theatrical and literary adaptation, zarzuelas (popular operettas), and history films, often revelling in the folkloric españolada tradition. In Paris in 1929, Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, one of the founders of Surrealism, showed the French-financed short film Un chien Andalou/An Andalusian Dog, made in collaboration with the artist Salvador Dalí; an iconoclast, contrarian, and provocateur, Buñuel castigated tradition and satirized the bourgeoisie in this and many of his later films. ...
This page shows resources for cinema of Spain. You can use the subject headings below to find resources in the online catalog. The call number ranges are also included. You can do the same subject search for other Spanish speaking countries around the world using the same format, "motion pictures [country]." Please note: these are not the only call numbers, but they have the majority of items.
Articles and other writings about Spanish language films can be found in many publications. Our collection includes several journals which look exclusively at the cinema of Spain and Spanish language films. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find articles or use the search box at the top of the page.
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