Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation





First Advisor

María C. Mabrey


This project focuses on the cultural transformation taking place in Spain in the period between 1962 and 1976, examined through the works of filmmaker Jordi Grau (Barcelona, 1930). This research invites the opportunity to assemble a cultural study that includes subjects such as national identity, realist film aesthetics, avant-garde films, and horror films. In addition, it observes some of Grau’s work in conjunction with gender studies and pop culture.

The thesis of this project is that Jordi Grau directed films encompassing different genres in a short period of time; all while assuming and adapting to the changes of his sociopolitical environment. This research provides evidence that despite the circumstances surrounding Grau’s films, there exists a constant discourse questioning the uneven development of Spanish society during the late Francoism.

Grau’s film career spans from 1957 until 1995, but this project focuses mainly on the period between 1962 and 1976. This chronology emphasizes two crucial moments in Spanish society, related to Grau’s career: the opening-up of the Franco regime in 1962 with Grau’s first feature film, Noche de verano (Summer Night); and Grau’s audience success in 1976, La trastienda (Blood and Passion), with the end of the dictatorship and the Transition to democracy.


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