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Suffering in silence: Alumbramiento as a melodramatic text

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How does a short film such as Alumbramiento relate to a classic genre such as melodrama? This article examines how the film's exploration of morality, its adoption of pathos and its use of soundtrack and mise-en-scène all demand its inscription within an evolving concept of melodrama.

Keywords: melodrama; melodramatic excess; mise-en-scène; muteness; pathos; repressed

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Swansea University

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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