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The Making and Unmaking of Francoist Kitsch CinemaFrom Raza to Pan's Labyrinth$
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Alejandro Yarza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780748699247

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699247.001.0001

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The Petrified Tears of General Franco: Kitsch and Fascism in José Luis Sáenz de Heredia’s Raza

The Petrified Tears of General Franco: Kitsch and Fascism in José Luis Sáenz de Heredia’s Raza

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(p.23) Chapter 1 The Petrified Tears of General Franco: Kitsch and Fascism in José Luis Sáenz de Heredia’s Raza
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The Making and Unmaking of Francoist Kitsch Cinema
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Alejandro Yarza

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699247.003.0002

Francoist kitsch aesthetic and its proximity to the realm of political power is best exemplified by the film Raza (Race, José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, 1941), whose screenplay was written, under a pseudonym, by Franco himself. This chapter argues that the film exemplifies what Hermann Broch and Saul Friedländer have pinpointed as the essence of kitsch—the mixing of aesthetic and ethical categories culminating in the fetishization of suffering, violence and death.

Keywords:   Fascist Kitsch Aesthetics, Uplifting Kitsch, Franco’s screenplay, Francoist Cinema

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