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Free Content Crisis and creativity: The new cinemas of Portugal, Greece and Spain

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This article examines the new cinemas, film cultures and discourses emerging from three of the film-producing nations most adversely affected by the Eurozone crisis. Through case studies arising from Portugal, Greece and Spain, the article explores the enhanced visibility of independent film-making at a time in which the role and the very survival of the state-subsidized film industries in recession Europe has been crucially thrown into question. This comparative analysis suggests, conversely, the cyclical nature of the discourse of crisis and explores the creative responses mobilized by European cinema.
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Keywords: European cinema; Greece; Portugal; Spain; crisis; small nations

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Sussex 2: University of Leeds 3: King’s College London

Publication date: June 1, 2014

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