Death is a dream: Placing Abre los ojos in a Spanish tradition
Author: Knollmueller, Marit
Source: Studies in European Cinema, Volume 6, Numbers 2-3, December 2009 , pp. 203-214(12)
Abstract:This article challenges the prevalent perception of Amenbar's films as popular entertainment more indebted to Hollywood than to Spanish cultural traditions. Through a case study of Abre los ojos (1997) it demonstrates that the film manifests oneirism in a manner consistent with the long-standing traditions employed by dominant figures of Spanish literature and drama (e.g. Cervantes, Caldern de la Barca, Valle-Incln). The aesthetics Amenbar employs to represent dreams can also be read as a development from the Spanish surrealist aesthetics of Lus Buuel and Salvador Dal and stand in contrast to conventional modes established in Hollywood.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2009-12-01
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