Alcalá and cinema

Alcalá and cinema

An approach to the city's cinematographic history

The double and fortunate coincidence that two important cinematographic events could be celebrated in 1995 - one on a universal level (the first public screening of the cinematograph invented by the brothers Lumiere), the other on a local level (the celebration of the 25th Alcalá de Henares Film Festival) - was the motive for the realization of this book.

Its content is structured into different thematic sections which provide a panoramic vision of the cinematographic evolution of Alcalá de Henares and of the film festival.

This book provides - for the first time - an ample review of the transformations that cinema has undergone in Alcalá - from the first public screening (1897) until the present (1995). Furthermore, the book includes an ample filmography of movies that were shot in the scenery of the city. The list contains works from 1905 until 1995, feature films and short films alike - which in many cases indicate its shooting locations. It also includes different cinematographic news clippings in their original text form.

The book also recounts the development and awards of the Alcalá de Henares Film Festival in its first 24 years of existence.