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The Spanish Prisoner

Yannis Tzioumakis


David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner is a fine example of American independent cinema in transition. Made by a playwright-turned-filmmaker with a distinctive approach to questions of narrative and visual style at a time (the late 1990s) when the boundaries between what was considered independent filmmaking and what mainstream cinema had been, arguably, eroding, The Spanish Prisoner achieved critical and commercial success. It also demonstrated that a place still existed for filmmakers with highly unusual takes on the art of cinema, like David Mamet. Nodding to such crowd-pleasing classics as Hit ... More

Keywords: American independent cinema, Indie film, David Mamet, The Spanish Prisoner, Narrative, Visual style, genre, Con game film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633685
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yannis Tzioumakis, author