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Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global by Deborah Shaw

By Deborah Shaw

This enticing e-book explores one of the most major movies to emerge from Latin the US considering 2000, a rare interval of overseas popularity for the region's cinema. every one bankruptcy assesses somebody movie, with a few individuals contemplating the explanations for the extraordinary advertisement and demanding successes of films corresponding to City of God, The bike Diaries, Y tu mamá también, and Nine Queens, whereas others study why both very important movies did not escape at the overseas circuit.

Written through top experts, the chapters not just supply textual research, but in addition hint the movies' social context and creation stipulations, in addition to severe nationwide and transnational matters. Their well-rounded analyses supply a wealthy photo of the country of latest filmmaking in a number Latin American nations. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the readings during this ebook will offer necessary interpretations for college students and students of Latin American film.

Contributions by: Sarah Barrow, Nuala Finnegan, David William Foster, Miraim Haddu, Geoffrey Kantaris, Deborah Shaw, Lisa Shaw, Rob Stone, Else R. P. Vieira, and Claire Williams.

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Nueve reinas can be read as a generic scam movie, or it can be viewed as an Argentine film rooted in a national tradition and concerned with contemporary sociopolitical issues. In this way, I explain how both national and international markets have embraced this film. In chapter 1, Williams demonstrates how romantic representations of the iconic figure of Che Guevara as a young idealistic student, coupled with spectacular scenery of Latin American landscapes, provide an example of an approach to filmmaking that is bound to secure commercial success and critical acclaim.

In chapter 7, Geoffrey Kantaris is also concerned with other issues relating to representation; in his reading of the Colombian film Bolívar soy yo, he focuses on postmodern questioning of notions of reality in favor of representation. The chapter highlights the way in which the great champion of independence, Bolívar, is seen through a comic filter and used as a vehicle to parody mass media entertainment, principally the telenovela. Taken together, the chapters in this collection demonstrate the vitality of much contemporary Latin American film culture, both in terms of film production and scholarship.

Financed films of 2001, Y tu mamá también and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, reveals the enormous difference in budgets, distribution arrangements, and audience figures. 10 I have questioned the term Latin American cinema in that it renders certain countries invisible, yet the term is clearly used and useful to discuss films from Latin America, not least as a marketing label. 12 Indeed, individual films may have little in common with each other and be made in countries that are geographically and culturally at some distance; it is, in fact, important to acknowledge that there are many forms of filmmaking coming from Latin America, with each director employing a unique visual style and addressing specific themes.

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