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Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2050-4837
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4845



In November 1975, José Luis Borau initiated a strategy to promote the American distribution of his award-winning film Furtivos/Poachers by enlisting the support of noted Spanish film historian Román Gubern to present the film in Los Angeles to a gathering of members of the Hollywood press. By chance, the screening on 20 November coincided with the death of Francisco Franco, which gave a symbolic aura to the screening. The momentous date marked the beginning of a long friendship and scholarly dialogue between the two men. As a witness to Borau’s American career, Gubern brings to light the film-maker’s multifaceted efforts to realize his ambition of becoming part of the Hollywood film industry, including his plan for a remake of his Oscar-nominated film, My Dear Señorita (1971). Gubern recounts Borau’s scholarly efforts to document the presence of other Spaniards in the Hollywood industry, which would eventually culminate in the publication of his Diccionariodel Cine Español (1998).


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