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Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1478-0488
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0608


This article is an exploratory examination of ways in which to move beyond ‘Spanish national cinema’. It focuses on two major Spanish stars, Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, in English-speaking roles in order to think through issues of transnationality, diversity, and difference. It asks how the myths and typicalities attaching to national stars travel and alter, and how they help the ‘national’ cinema also to shift and to change. It considers how the stars' bodies abroad (their looks, and moves on screen) and, to a lesser extent, their voices echo or transmute their Spanishness and how, theoretically, they might be rethought as agents of transformation.


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