Author Spotlight

Marsha Kinder

Marsha Kinder, professor emerita of critical studies at the University of Southern California, is the author of Blood Cinema: The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain and the editor of Refiguring Spain, Luis Buñuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” and Transmedia Frictions (coedited with Tara McPherson). This piece originally appeared in the Criterion Collection’s 2009 DVD release of The Exterminating Angel.

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The Exterminating Angel: Exterminating Civilization
Luis Buñuel’s ferociously brilliant The Exterminating Angel (1962) is one of his most provocative and unforgettable works. In it, we watch a trivial breach of etiquette transform into the destruction of civilization. Not only does this story under…

By Marsha Kinder

Death of a Cyclist: Creating a Modern Spanish Cinema
Juan Antonio Bardem’s Death of a Cyclist (1955), one of the first Spanish films to win the critics’ prize at a major European festival, was crucial in launching the modern Spanish cinema. Bardem came directly from his triumph at Cannes to the Sal…

By Marsha Kinder