Middlebrow Cinema

Spanish cinema

Faulkner’s AHRC Fellowship project, 'A New History of Spanish Cinema: Middlebrow Films and Mainstream Audiences' (2011) questioned labels such as 'art' or 'popular' cinema to propose the 'middlebrow' as a new way of approaching Spanish film. First, it argued for the existence of Spanish 'middlebrow cinema', and suggested that middlebrow films had been central to the development of Spanish film history. This new focus illuminated the connections between a number of tendencies in Spanish cinema from the 1960s to the present. Thus, the so-called 'Third Way' cinema of the 1970s, state-subsidized literary adaptations known collectively as 'Miró' films in the 1980s, 'heritage' cinema of the 1990s, or 'popular auteurs', like Pedro Almodóvar, of the 1990s and 2000s, were all analyzed as examples of Spanish middlebrow cinema. See Publications for information on Faulkner’s monograph on this subject, A History of Spanish Film.