Spanish Movie Traditions
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Surely, Spain is one of the most competitive players in the world cinematography, considering the number of modern artists and directors of Spanish origin. Historically, it has emerged from traditional folklore, such as flamenco dances, zarzuela performances and many others that provided basics for plots and genres used in Spanish movies.

It is possible to observe how Spanish traditions impacted on cinematography on the example of musical films, much adored in Spain. In practice, musical films appeared as soon as sound motion picture was introduced. Lots have been taken from old times, when flamenco, tango, zarzuela and Andalusia songs were majors in Spanish theatrical art. As for the genres and main themes, it is important to note that lots have been done to protect Spanish cinematography from Hollywood effects; thus, truly Spanish traditions were in a great use. In addition, such a policy was proclaimed and then promoted by established political regime headed by Francisco Franco the dictator. During the following decades, as Spanish cinematography advanced, it acquired distinctive features in contrast to Western Europe and especially American movie productions.

In 1950s the most of popularity was gained by musical films with singing kids. The demand and the number of released films made critics to define such films into a separate genre, which was called “musical films with talented children.” Among young celebrities at the time were Hosselito, nicknamed “nightingale” later, and Marisol; the latter conducted her career in cinematography starting from 1960s up to 1985.

One more traditional Spanish movie genre is related to zarzuela and its main features. However, less directed preferred to take part in such a production, as it was a real challenges – to bring up zarzula motions on the screen. Thereby, two main categories were indicated – slightly adapted zarzuela on the one hand and "modernized" Zarzuela on the other.

Flamenco was engaged in movies’ plotlines as well. In this case, the greatest achievements were made by Carlos Saura, who collaboration with the famous flamenco dancer Antonio Gades have shoot legendary "Blood Wedding» (1981), "Carmen" (1983), a new version of "Witches’ Love" (1986) and thematic "Sevillanas" ( 1992), "Flamenco," (1995) and " Salomé » (2002).

After Elvis Presley appearance on the music scene, it became obvious that professional musicians and composers are gladly welcomed in movie productions. Spain was not an exception; among the singers and musicians, who eventually tried themselves in cinematography, were Antonio Molina, Julio Iglesias, Los Bravos band, etc.

At present, numerous film festivals in Spain attract an attention of celebrities from Hollywood and the UK, Asia and other corners of the world. However, many new genres have already outranged traditional music films.


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