Popular film or cinema as bad object
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This chapter explores the use of the term popular as an epistemological category within the investigations of Spanish film. This type of filmmaking has been considered a commercial, shallow, and ultimately inferior offspring of the moving image medium. These set of circumstances shine the critical spotlight on questions of quality, the dynamics of mass industries, the possibilities of cultural translation, and the sociological value of cinema. El último cuplé (de Orduña, 1957), Un rayo de luz (Lucia, 1960), La ciudad no es para mí (Lazaga, 1966), No desearás al vecino del quinto (Fernández, 1970), Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (Segura, 1998), and Ocho apellidos vascos (Lázaro, 2014) are the series of texts that appear in the chapter as case studies to examine how Filmspanism has grappled with the knotty nature of popular culture as a site of consent and contestation.