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Title: Catalan beauty and the transnational beast: Barcelona on screen
Author: Deleyto, Celestino
López, Gemma (López Sánchez)
Keywords: Barcelona (Catalunya)
Condicions socials
Barcelona (Catalonia)
Motion pictures
Social conditions
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2012
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
Abstract: This article explores the case of Barcelona as paradigmatic global city in such transnational productions as Vicky Cristina Barcelona by Woody Allen (2008) and Biutiful by Alejandro González Iñárritu (2010). Allen"s film shows the extreme dilution that national and linguistic identity undergoes under foreign eyes in its rendition of a"hip Barcelona" for tourists"invaded" by transnational subjects in search of bourgeois pleasures. Maybe in pursuit of a more"real" city, Iñárritu"s Biutiful moves to the Barcelona of the immigrants and the undocumented, a transnational and paradoxical location inhabited by those who need to cross borders in order to survive. Through reference to the work of Manuel Castells, Saskia Sassen, Neil Smith and Michel De Certeau among others, we argue that neither of these representations of the city is more real or unreal than the other. In their drastically divergent ways, both films contribute their external perspectives to the imaginary construction of Barcelona as a fascinating global city and can be seen as a dyptich of a transnational Barcelona. Further, they contribute to the ongoing debate about the polarization between the local and the global, the construction of urban boarders inside cities through gentrification, the transformation of the places we (would like to) inhabit, and the translation of all these into visual terms.
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It is part of: Transnational Cinemas, 2012, vol. 3, num. 2, p. 157-175
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ISSN: 2040-3526
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