by Matt Losada*
The career of the visual artist and filmmaker Iván Zulueta bridged the transition from the culturally repressive context of late-Francoist Spain to the transgressive movida madrileña underground of the return to democracy. His early work, pop-influenced and publicly visible, offered an oblique critique of the officially-encouraged retrograde culture from within the margins of the mainstream, but with his subsequent experimental shorts and his legendary 1980 cult film Arrebato (“Rapture”) he moved into the shadows of the underground and his now-established status as ephemeral maudit auteur of the period of transition to democracy.
Completed article published by Senses of Cinema Oct. 11.2010
*Matt Losada completed his doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches Latin American and Spanish literature and film.