Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010


The article makes a very interesting contribution to the history of social communications during the Franco regime and, in particular, to studies on the Spanish cinema of that time. Its theoretical approach combines two widely developed perspectives: the function of cinema as a medium that helps shaping the ideological and socio-cultural traits that are characteristic of a historical context; and the analysis of films as cultural products that reflect the specific characteristics of the society in which they were produced.

To develop this approach, the author(s) developed an adequate research that combines the analysis of the cinematic discourse and the ideological referents that condition that discourse, and at the same time allow us to understand its meaning in the socio-political context. The richness and relevance of the sources consulted (films, censorship reports, press and literature) and the bibliographic references are outstanding. All this facilitates a deeper level of analysis and criticism that is not limited to the description of cinematographic characters, a problem that exists in some studies of this kind. The references on this article are the basis of a solid argument.

The outcome of the investigation is equally valuable in two senses. On the one hand, it draws the attention to a particular area that has hardly been explored from a cinematic perspective: the construction of women’s identity during the first stage of the Franco regime. On the other hand, the article contributes to the reflection and debate about how to assess fiction cinema’s contribution to the shaping of models of behavior in an authoritarian political context. The article offers very interesting findings regarding the evolution of messages disseminated within the first Francoist regime and its censorship system.
Finally, we must highlight the clarity, accuracy and consistency with which the arguments are presented. – Professor Araceli Rodríguez Mateos, Ph.D. – Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid.

Reports on the article:

The article addresses the models of behaviour received by the Spanish women through cinema during the Francoist regime, based on the qualitative analysis of two hundred movies produced in Spain during this time, and in which women have a prominent role. The subject of the article, which has been poorly examined in previous studies, helps understanding the influence of cinematographic messages in a specific sociocultural context.

The method used to examine the sample of films is discourse analysis, which is appropriate to fulfil the objectives of the research. The text is clearly structured and its writing style is correct. The sources in which the work is based are relevant and varied. The publication of the article is recommended, without modifications.
Professor Blanca Chong López, Ph.D. – Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico.

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