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Confessional Cinema


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Acknowledgements Introduction: Film, Religion, and the Desarrollismo periodChapter 1: Lighting Sainthood in the Time of Technocracy Chapter 2: Praying for Development in Post-Vatican II Comedies Chapter 3: Gender and Modernization in Nun Films Chapter 4: Narratives of Suspicion: Religion in the Nuevo Cine Espanol Conclusion Notes Works Cited Filmography

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"Confessional Cinema is a sophisticated work that elegantly intertwines cultural theory, history, and film criticism. Jorge Perez's analyses are invariably superb, tremendously perceptive, and illuminating. Confessional Cinema is bound to be a most influential work and a fundamental referent in Spanish cultural and film studies for years to come." -- Jorge Mari, Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, North Carolina State University "Jorge Perez has crafted a readable and well organized overview of Spain's desarrollismo years. He successfully fills the gap in scholarly writing with his compelling analysis of the evolving importance played by religion in the Spanish project of modernity." -- Samuel Amago, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Spanish, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "This is an outstanding book, and I look forward to referencing it in future graduate courses." -- Matthew Marr, Associate Professor of Spanish, Penn State University

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Jorge Perez is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas, Austin.


‘In this ground breaking study, Pérez explores the impact of Catholicism as a sociopolitical force in approximately 50 documentary and fiction features…. Highly recommended.’
*Choice Magazine vol 55:05:2018*

‘Confessional Cinema is bound to be a most influential work and a fundamental referent in Spanish cultural and film studies for many years to come.’
*Europe Now issue 16 published on April 17, 2018*

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