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La recepción crítica y distribución del documental Spanish Earth/Tierra española (Joris Ivens, 1937) durante la Guerra Civil

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This article analyses the reactions of various audiences when the documentary (Joris Ivens, 1937) was screened in theatres. The research studies the aim of the film-maker, the resources accessible to him during filming, the expectations from the distributors and the newspaper critics from three different countries: Spain, England and the United States. Moreover, we show the key ideas included in and focus on the audio-visual representation that the film makes about the Spanish Civil War. Finally, we explain why had a limited audience in the United States and, above all, why it did not succeed in the box office in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.

Esta investigación aborda la reacción de diferentes públicos ante la exhibición del documental Spanish Earth (Joris Ivens, 1937). El trabajo analiza los propósitos iniciales del director y los medios a su alcance, las expectativas de las distribuidoras y las críticas de los periódicos en Inglaterra, Estados Unidos y España. Por último, se analizan las claves ideológicas y temáticas de la película y la representación audiovisual que se hace de la guerra y, a partir de este análisis, se explica el porqué de su escaso éxito de taquilla y difusión tanto en Estados Unidos como, sobre todo, en el Madrid de la Guerra Civil.
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Language: Spanish

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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