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Coming into the light: Alumbramiento in context

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This essay places Alumbramiento in the context of Spanish cinema after 1960. Narrative and formal analysis focus on strategies to make dual metaphors of death and birth converge within the film as a family is brought closer together and renewed during the mother's final hours.
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Keywords: Spanish cinema; chiaroscuro; death and dying; family; parent–child relations

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Colorado at Boulder

Publication date: 2011-02-01

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