Latin Hitchcock

How Almodóvar, Amenábar, De la Iglesia, Del Toro, and Campanella Became Notorious

Dona Kercher

Wallflower Press

Latin Hitchcock

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Pub Date: February 2015

ISBN: 9780231172097

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Latin Hitchcock

How Almodóvar, Amenábar, De la Iglesia, Del Toro, and Campanella Became Notorious

Dona Kercher

Wallflower Press

This study explores how five major directors—Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, Alex de la Iglesia, Guillermo del Toro, and Juan José Campanella—modeled their early careers on Hitchcock and his film aesthetics. In shadowing Hitchcock, their works embraced the global aspirations his movies epitomize. Each section of the book begins with an extensive study, based on newspaper accounts, of the original reception of Hitchcock's movies in either Spain or Latin America and how local preferences for genre, glamour, moral issues, and humor affected their success. The text brings a new approach to world film history, showcasing both the commercial and artistic importance of Hitchcock in Spain and Latin America
Refreshingly free of academese.... Latin Hitchcock is an academic study that enthusiastic amateurs will also find illuminating. Miranda France, Times Literary Supplement
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Spain
1. First Loves, First Cuts: The Initial Response to Hitchcock's Films in Spain
2. Pedro Almodóvar's Criminal Side: Plot, Humour and Cinematic Style
3. Drawing on a Darker Humour, Cultural Icons and Mass Media: Álex de la Iglesia's Journey from Outer Space to the Spanish Academy
4. Against Hitchcock: Alejandro Amenábar's Meteoric Career
Part II: Latin America
5. Latin American Openings: The Reception History of Hitchcock's Films for Mexico City
6. Guillermo del Toro's Continuing Education: Adapting Hitchcock's Moral and Visual Sensibilities to the World of Horror
7. Understanding Osmosis: Hitchcock in Argentina Through the Eyes of Juan José Campanella
Conclusion: They Became Notorious
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Dona Kercher is professor of Spanish and film and director of the women's studies program at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.