Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

The Mystical Political: Reclaiming the Spectacle of the Vision in Vicente Aranda’s Libertarias (1996) and Azucena Rodríguez’s Entre rojas (1995)

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2022), 99, (4), 327–346.

Abstract

This article examines the spectacle of the mystical vision in two Spanish films from the mid-1990s, Vicente Aranda’s Libertarias (1996) and Azucena Rodríguez’s Entre rojas (1995). I explore how the films invoke the visual and vocal codes of the mystical vision at key moments in the narrative to positively structure communities of women. Drawing on classic feminist film theory, Michel de Certeau’s interdisciplinary analysis of early modern mysticism, and Jean Luc Nancy’s concept of the inoperable community, this study demonstrates how the mystic’s performance of extrasensory communication, so familiar to Spanish audiences through centuries of religious practice and cultural production, can challenge conventional visual and auditory regimes and model new ways for diverse groups to coexist.

Este artículo analiza la forma en que se escenifica la visión mística en dos películas españolas de mediados de los años 90: Libertarias de Vicente Aranda (1996) y Entre rojas de Azucena Rodríguez (1995). En concreto, mi análisis se centra en la manera en que estas dos películas hacen uso de los códigos visuales y vocales de la visión mística en momentos clave para formar comunidades de mujeres. El presente estudio se basa en la teoría fílmica feminista, el análisis interdisciplinario de Michel de Certeau del misticismo de los siglos de oro, y el concepto de Jean Luc Nancy de la comunidad desobrada. La investigación demuestra cómo la actuación de la comunicación extrasensorial, tan bien conocida por el público español avezado a siglos de práctica religiosa y producción cultural, puede desafiar normas visuales y auditivas para forjar nuevas formas de coexistencia.

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Filmography

Aquella joven de blanco. 1964, dir. León Klimovsky (Estela Films). Google Scholar

Entre Rojas. 1995, dir. Azucena Rodríguez (DVD, Antena 3 Televisión, Fernando Colomo, Lucas Ediciones). Google Scholar

La señora de Fatima. 1951, dir. Rafael Gil (Aspa Films). Google Scholar

Libertarias. 1996, dir. Vicente Aranda (Academy Pictures, Canal+ España, Era Films, Divisa Home Video). Google Scholar

Teresa de Jesús. 1961, dir. Juan de Orduña (Agrupa Films Cooperativa, Estela Films). Google Scholar

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FARRELLY, MARY