Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

El día de la bestia: recasting Madrid

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2008), 85, (1), 33–46.

Abstract

'El día de la bestia: recasting Madrid' reflects on how Alex de la Iglesia's 1995 film, through the use of violence and urban landscapes, alters Madrid's cinematic image. El día de la bestia is representative of the aesthetic and thematic changes in the Peninsular films of the nineties. The years after the Spanish transition to democracy saw films that depicted Spain as a modern country with its own contradictions and mixed temporalities, but on its way to overcoming its tragic past. During the nineties, however, young Spanish directors used new themes in their national cinema, violence being one of them, to narrate the conditions of postmodern life in a world decidedly capitalist, post-industrial and dominated by TV. This essay concludes by showing how El dia de la bestia portrays the inherent relationship between the modern city and violence.

'El día de la bestia: recasting Madrid' trata sobre cómo la película de Álex de la Iglesia, a través del uso de la violencia y del paisaje urbano, modifica la imagen cinematográfica de Madrid. El día de la bestia es representativa del cambio producido en la estética, temas y contenidos en el cine peninsular de los noventa. Los años subsecuentes a la transición española vieron un cine que intentaba imaginar un país moderno, todavía con contradicciones, pero que había superado su pasado trágico. Sin embargo, en los noventa los directores jóvenes hacen uso de elementos en el cine peninsular como la violencia o el terror para narrar las condiciones de la vida posmoderna en un mundo decididamente capitalista, postindustrial y dominado por la televisión. El ensayo concluye mostrando como El día de la bestia ilustra la relación intrínseca entre la ciudad moderna y la violencia.

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De Alba, Francisco Fernández