9780252035593

Screening Cuba : Film Criticism as Political Performance During the Cold War

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  • ISBN13:

    9780252035593

  • ISBN10:

    0252035593

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-09
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Summary

Hector Amaya advances into new territory in Latin American and U.S. cinema studies in this innovative analysis of the differing critical receptions of Cuban film in Cuba and the United States during the Cold War. Synthesizing film reviews, magazine articles, and other primary documents,Screening Cubacompares Cuban and U.S. reactions to four Cuban films:Memories of Underdevelopment, Lucia, One Way or Another,andPortrait of Teresa. In examining cultural production through the lens of the Cold War, Amaya reveals how contrasting interpretations of Cuban and U.S. critics are the result of the political cultures in which they operated. While Cuban critics viewed the films as powerful symbols of the social promises of the Cuban revolution, liberal and leftist American critics found meaning in the films as representations of anti-establishment progressive values and Cold War discourses. By contrasting the hermeneutics of Cuban and U.S. culture, criticism, and citizenship, Amaya argues that critical receptions of political films constitute a kind of civic public behavior.

Author Biography

 

Hector Amaya is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.

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