Icons and Politics in Spanish Cinema


by Váleri Codesido

e: valeri@ucm.es

This podcast is of a seminar presented by Váleri Codesido at UNSW Sydney for SSSN on 31st July 2018. Váleri’s paper is followed by a question and answer session facilitated by Assoc. Prof. Anne Rutherford and involving the audience present on the day.

VÁLERI CODESIDO has a degree in Audiovisual Communication and Masters in Audiovisual Communication of the Digital Era, both at the Complutense University of Madrid. She has also undertaken Performing Arts studies at Westminster Kingsway College in London. She is a tutor in the Delegation in Spain of Foreign Foundation Institute for the International Education of Students in the subjects of Communication Psychology, Audiovisual Digital Technology and Spanish Film History. She has also directed short films and documentaries and is currently developing a doctoral thesis focused on the History of Spanish cinema.

What cultural and social value can be found in 1970s exploitation cinema? Doctoral candidate Váleri Codesido explores 1970s Spanish exploitation cinema to question what it can tell us about Spain in both a pre- and post- Franco era, and Spain’s relationship with the world, through its explicit portrayal of sex and violence. Váleri also proposes that aesthetic parallels can be found in the Ozploitation films of the 1970s, opening up further questions around the stark differences in Australia’s and Spain’s political and cultural histories.

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