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Rapture
(Arrebato)

Screening on Film
Directed by Iván Zulueta.
With Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More.
Spain, 1979, 35mm, color, 105 min.
Spanish with English subtitles.
Print source: North Carolina School of the Arts Moving Image Archives

Despite his short filmography, Ivan Zulueta was a central figure in the Spanish cinema of the late 20th century. His taste for pop art, avant-garde film and underground culture heavily influenced the filmmakers of the “movida madrileña” (especially the young Pedro Almodóvar) following Franco’s death in 1975. Zulueta’s own early work was mostly in music films (modeled after Richard Lester’s work with the Beatles) and Super 8 experiments—the same kind of experiments conducted by Rapture’s protagonist, a director collaborating on a project with a horror filmmaker and an actress. As the project engulfs the ménage à trois, Rapture bridges the gap between Peeping Tom and Videodrome, positing cinema as a kind of drug and filmmaking as a kind of addiction and submission to cinema. 

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