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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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Romancero Marroquí and the Francoist Kitsch Politics of Time

Romancero Marroquí and the Francoist Kitsch Politics of Time

(p.42) Chapter 2 Romancero Marroquí and the Francoist Kitsch Politics of Time
The Making and Unmaking of Francoist Kitsch Cinema

Alejandro Yarza

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the colonial politics of Franco’s Spain through an analysis of Romancero marroquí (Morrocan Romance, Carlos Velo 1938), a documentary about Spanish Morocco produced during the Spanish Civil War by Franco’s provisional government. While in traditional colonial representations the colony becomes an alluring, albeit inferior, other to the colonizing Metropolis in need of progress and civilization, in its Francoist representation Spanish-Moroccan society becomes a model to be imitated, a kitsch paradise opposing—like Francoism itself—modern materialism and parliamentary democracy.

Keywords:   Francoist Colonial Politics, Colonial Cinema, Fascist Temporality, Francoist Propaganda, Fascist documentary, Spanish German Film Co-productions

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