29 May 2013 5:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tracing the changing image of women through Spanish cinema post-1930 is a nice idea, but Diego Galan’s “Barefoot in the Kitchen” loosely organizes clips from 180 movies without going into any depth. Offering only the most superficial glimpse at trends while relying on nostalgia-drenched cinephilic memory to gloss over its massive gaps in history and analysis, the docu will appeal only to train-spotter types looking for favorite scenes perfunctorily placed into a chronology rather than an educational structure. More was expected from respected critic Galan; Spanish TV will be the sole taker.

Carlos Hipolito, as narrator, sketchily guides viewers across the decades, beginning in the early 1930s and the Second Republic, when films featuring fallen women alternated with perky, wholesome optimists — very much like pre-Code pics in the U.S. With the Spanish Civil War came a slew of patriotic themes that led to a return to traditional roles under the Franco regime, »


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