University of Liverpool film specialist Dr Tom Whittaker has published three articles in recently edited books on Spanish and Latin American cinema.
His article ‘La noche de los girasoles (Night of the Sunflowers): Palimpsests of Genre, Palimpsests of Violence’ appears in a new volume on Spanish film, entitled Spanish Cinema 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory, edited by María Delgado and Robin Fiddian (Manchester University Press, 2013). The chapter unpicks the complex relationship between landscape, genre and trauma in the recent film La noche de los girasoles, a noirish thriller set in a depopulated village of Castile.
A second book chapter explores the political role of pathos and affect in Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos, a key film in Spain’s Transition to democracy, through exploring the importance of sound, silence and the voice. Entitled ‘The poltics of pathos in Pilar Miró’s Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos (Gary Cooper, Who Art in Heaven)’, the article appears in Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Theory, Practice and Difference, edited by Parvati Nair and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla (Manchester University Press, 2013).
A further article has been published in the book A Companion to Luis Buñuel,(Wiley-Blackwell), co-edited by Rob Stone and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla. Entitled ‘Errant movement and rhythm in Buñuel’s Mexican comedies’, the chapter explores the ways in which characters and objects in El gran calavera (The Great Madcap), Subida al cielo (Ascent to Heaven) and La ilusion viaja en tranvía (Illusion Travels by Streetcar) frequently find themselves out of place and synch with the social worlds they inhabit. Through examining the orchestration of movement and rhythm in the films, the chapter shows how Luis Buñuel’s Mexican comedies throw light on the social and geographical contradictions of a country caught in the grip of modernization in the 1950s.
The publication of the books will be celebrated at an official launch party at the Cornerhouse, Manchester, Friday 17 May, 6pm-8.30pm.