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A Cinema of ContradictionSpanish Film in the 1960s$
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Sally Faulkner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621606

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621606.001.0001

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Civilising the City in La ciudad no es para mí (The City’s Not For Me, Lazaga 1965)

Civilising the City in La ciudad no es para mí (The City’s Not For Me, Lazaga 1965)

(p.49) Chapter 2 Civilising the City in La ciudad no es para mí (The City’s Not For Me, Lazaga 1965)
A Cinema of Contradiction

Sally Faulkner

Edinburgh University Press

La ciudad no es para mí (The City's Not For Me, 1965) was directed by Pedro Lazaga and starred theatre actor Paco Martínez Soria. This chapter analyses the ways La ciudad civilises the city of Madrid through its nostalgic appeal to the country. It pays particular attention to the way mise en scène, in particular the use of paintings and costume, is deployed to underscore the film's act of persuasion. If this short portrayal of a Swinging Sixties Madrid is insufficient to sabotage the ruralism otherwise promoted, its location at the opening of the film nonetheless announces a possible alternative reading from the very beginning. Furthermore, in terms of plot, La ciudad repeats a tired comedy formula (which popular film inherited from the popular theatre) of the trials and tribulations of a likeable paleto (country bumpkin) in a hostile city. The chapter argues that the ostensible aim of the film to civilise the city is projected onto an attempt to civilise women through the characterisation of the female protagonist.

Keywords:   ciudad, Madrid, city, comedy, Pedro Lazaga, Paco Martínez Soria, mise en scène, women

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