Public seminar organised by the LSE’s Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies: ‘Cinema serving the nation: Spanish feature films from 1939 to 1975’ by Gabriela Viadero (LSE postdoctoral researcher); chaired by Professor Paul Preston; 6pm at Cowdray House, London School of Economics, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HJ; free. www.lse.ac.uk/collections/canadablanch
Cinema deserves a great deal of attention from those who study the creation of the nation and its identity in the 20th century, since it has been the most powerful tool for cultural dissemination and homogenisation during that century. In the case of the Franco dictatorship regime, the films produced between 1939 and 1975 were tightly controlled through censorship, repression and funding. The images of the nation projected in more than 450 films form part of an unquestionable Nationalist discourse present to a greater or lesser degree. This discourse was focused on six main subjects: the origins and splendour of Spain, defensive wars, imperial Spain, Catholic Spain, romantic-folkloric Spain and modern Spain. How the regime promoted these images, created new images and exploited older ones is the subject of this seminar.