Film as a Site of Memory

My personal investigation will focus specifically on the role of film in the recuperation of memory and its role as a subversive way to represent dissent under an iron-fisted Franco. The prominent critic Jo Labanyi, having also studied Spanish cinema and its place in recuperation of memory, says that cinema has the power to “revivir un pasado que nadie quiere ni puede contar” (revive a past that no one wants to or is able to tell) (Labanyi 164). I have contacted José María Prado, the director of Filmoteca Española, which is the premier resource for Spanish cinema preservation and history. He and film investigator Alfonso del Amo García have described the many resources Filmoteca Española has available to me, including detailed catalogs of films dealing with the civil war and informed librarians and investigators with knowledge of Spanish cinema history. Film historian and university professor Rafael Tranche has worked with Filmoteca Española and the group will conduct an interview with him. Furthermore, in Madrid, there is a bookshop called Ocho y Medio, located in the basement of the old Alphaville Theater, which offers books and discussions on film history. I have contacted the owner of the store in search of authorities on film under Franco who have spoken at the store’s discussions. Also, the interviews done with the group’s various contacts in Madrid will incorporate investigation into the role of film in each individual’s struggle to grasp a painful but pertinent past.

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