8. Melodrama and Historical Film

  1. Jo Labanyi and
  2. Tatjana Pavlović
  1. Jo Labanyi,
  2. Annabel Martín and
  3. Vicente Rodríguez Ortega

Published Online: 12 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118322765.ch8

A Companion to Spanish Cinema

A Companion to Spanish Cinema

How to Cite

Labanyi, J., Martín, A. and Ortega, V. R. (2012) Melodrama and Historical Film, in A Companion to Spanish Cinema (eds J. Labanyi and T. Pavlović), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118322765.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 DEC 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194389

Online ISBN: 9781118322765



  • Ambivalent attractions of past;
  • Costume dramas;
  • Domestic melodrama;
  • Early Franco period;
  • Genre and legibility;
  • Globalization of Spanish historical cinema;
  • Heritage movie;
  • Historical film;
  • Melodrama;
  • Modernity' s rebellious genre;
  • Social reconfiguration;
  • Sound;
  • “Transcendent principle”;
  • War and female victimhood


This chapter contains section titles:

  • Melodrama: Modernity's Rebellious Genre (Annabel Martín)

  • The Historical Film: Genre and Legibility (Vicente Rodríguez Ortega)

  • The Ambivalent Attractions of the Past: Historical Film of the Early Franco Period (Jo Labanyi)

  • Between the National and the Global: The Historical Film from the 1960s to the Present (Vicente Rodríguez Ortega)