A key decade in world cinema, the 1960s was also a crucial era of change in Spain. This book analyses six films that reflect and interpret some of the political, social, economic and cultural transformations of this period: La gran familia (The Great Family, Palacios 1962), La ciudad no es para mí (The City's Not For Me, Lazaga 1965), Los farsantes (Frauds, Camus 1963), La tía Tula (Aunt Tula, Picazo 1964), Nueve cartas a Berta (Nine Letters to Berta, Patino 1965) and La caza (The Hunt, Saura 1965). The coexistence of traditional and modern values following rapid industrialisation and urbanisation, and the timid acceptance of limited change by Franco's authoritarian regime, are symptoms of the uneven modernity that scholars argue characterises Spain of the modern era. Contradiction – the unavoidable effect of that unevenness – is the conceptual terrain explored by the six filmmakers discussed here, whose work ranges across experiences of family and gender roles, rural and urban life, provincial and cosmopolitan mentalities, religious belief and ceremony, and youth and ageing.
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