Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market

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  • Copyright: 2007-04-09
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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This engaging book explores Latin America cinema since 2000, an extraordinary period of international recognition. Leading specialists consider the reasons for the unprecedented commercial and critical successes of movies such as iCity of God, The Motorcycle Diaries, Y tu mam tambiZn,i and iNine Queens,i as well as equally important films that failed to break out on the international circuit. The chapters offer not only textual analysis, but also consider the films' social context and production conditions. Their well-rounded analysis offers a rich picture of the state of contemporary filmmaking in a range of Latin American countries. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the readings in this book will provide invaluable interpretations for students and scholars of Latin American film.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Latin American Cinema Today: A Qualified Success Storyp. 1
Los diarios de motocicleta as Pan-American Traveloguep. 11
"So What's Mexico Really Like?": Framing the Local, Negotiating the Global in Alfonso Cuaron's Y tu mama tambienp. 29
Cidade de Deus: Challenges to Hollywood, Steps to The Constant Gardenerp. 51
Playing Hollywood at Its Own Game? Bielinski's Nueve reinasp. 67
Afro-Brazilian Identity: Malandragem and Homosexuality in Madame Satap. 87
Family Romance and Pathetic Rhetoric in Marcelo Pineyro's Kamchatkap. 105
Soapsuds and Histrionics: Media, History, and Nation in Bolivar soy yop. 117
Killing Time in Cuba: Juan Carlos Tabio's Lista de esperap. 135
The Power of Looking: Politics and the Gaze in Salvador Carrasco's La otra conquistap. 153
Peruvian Cinema and the Struggle for International Recognition: Case Study on El destino no tiene favoritosp. 173
Selected Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 193
About the Contributorsp. 199
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