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«Don Juan, ¿español?». Sobre la españolidad en Don Juan de José Luis Sáenz de Heredia

Cayce Elder    The University of Kansas, USA    

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Although Franco-era film adaptations of the Spanish comedia are often dismissed as propaganda due to the regime’s broader ideological use of the Golden Age to promote ‘traditional’ Spanish values, this essay suggests that these films merit closer scrutiny. Saenz de Heredia’s 1950 film Don Juan is both a response to Hollywood’s Adventures of Don Juan (Vincent Sherman, 1948) and a narrative film that, while reclaiming the Don Juan legend as Spanish cultural patrimony, reveals inherent contradictions and flaws in Franco’s idea of Spain and Spanishness. Superficially, it is ideologically orthodox, but closer examination reveals how the film is symptomatic of defects in Franco’s projected vision of Spain.

Published
July 12, 2019
Accepted
April 22, 2019
Submitted
March 5, 2019
Language
ES
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-331-1
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-330-4

Keywords: PropagandaSpanishnessSpanish Golden Age theaterFrancisco FrancoDon JuanFilm adaptationDictatorshipSpanish cinemaNational identitySpanish Comedia

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