Political and gender transitions in José Luis Garci's Solos en la madrugada (1978)
Abstract:Through the character of José, played by José Sacristán in José Luis Garci's Solos en la madrugada (1978), this article examines how post-Franco Spanish films illustrate the struggle faced by Spanish men to find their political and gender-related roles in a society without Franco, the ultimate father figure. The turmoil caused by a transition to a democratic government from an extreme dictatorship is shown through analysis of José's interactions with the women in his life and his subsequent reactions to the awakening of their newfound sexuality. Focusing on José's attempt to redefine his role in society, and on relevant examples from other films from the period, the author explores the questions asked by all Spaniards in this period, yet even more so by men: where do we go from here?
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Barnard College.
Publication date: April 1, 2005
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