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MARTINEZ EXPOSITO, Alfredo. Julio Medem and the Poetics of Commitment. Alpha [online]. 2004, n.20, pp. 121-134. ISSN 0718-2201. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22012004000200008.
Basque film director Julio Medem combines in his films the highbrow aesthetics most commonly associated with the cinéma d’auteur and a commmitment to the uneasy expression of a constantly reinterpreted historical subjectivity. Through an analysis of thematic and ideological motives in Los amantes del Círculo Polar (Lovers of the Artic Circle, 1998), using a combination of aesthetic and sociological viewpoints, it is posited that Medem’s oeuvre, rather than conforming to the traditional separation of high and low art, suggests a poetics of commitment which is predicated precisely on the overcoming of that duality.
Palabras clave : commitment; aestheticism; authorship in film; Basque film; ideology.