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The Time of the (Orphan) Child: Viewing Carla Simón’s Summer 1993/Estiu 1993 (2017) with Carlos Saura’s Raise Ravens/Cría cuervos (1976)’

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Authors

Davis, Stuart 

Abstract

The archetype of the orphan has a long history in the Western cultural imaginary. In need of culturally and politically legitimised familial structures to ensure the child’s moral and physical needs are met, substitute parental figures loom large in narratives of orphanhood where the (anti-)hero comes good. This essay will consider the presentation of female orphans in two films: Carla Simón’s Catalan film Summer 1993 (2017) presents the story of Frida, who has just lost her parents to AIDS and is relocated to her aunt and uncle’s rural family home, while Saura’s celebrated Raise Ravens (1976) focuses on Ana, one of three sisters recently orphaned and now under the care of their aunt in late-Francoist Madrid. The essay will examine the similarities between the two films’ thematic and formal approaches to the subject matter, attending to their respective socio-historical contexts.

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4701 Communication and Media Studies, 4703 Language Studies, 47 Language, Communication and Culture, Prevention, 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Journal Title

Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas

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Journal ISSN

2050-4837
2050-4845

Volume Title

17

Publisher

Intellect Ltd.

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