Queer authorship and homoeroticism in Antonio Mas-Guindal's films in Early Francoist Spain Articles uri icon



publication date

  • January 2020

start page

  • 203

end page

  • 224


  • 2


  • 97

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1475-3839

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1478-3398


  • Antonio Mas-Guindal was the screenwriter of many successful films during the Franco regime, most of them directed by Juan de Orduña. This article seeks to vindicate him as a filmmaker with unique approaches in terms of gender and sexuality with respect to the dominant ideological coordinates of the historical context in which he worked. This study proposes considering Mas-Guindal as a queer filmmaker by means of application of queer theory to the textual analysis of his short stories, scripts and films and to the study of historical documents on their production processes and their passage through censorship. The research shows Mas-Guindal's creative links with a genealogy of homosexual creators who have traditionally expressed themselves through the cultural codes of femininity, and pays particular attention to how he constructs the man as an object of desire in his filmography


  • gay erotic literature; gay culture; gay and lesbian studies; gender identity; gender studies