9780292709072

Latino Images in Film : Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance

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    9780292709072

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    0292709072

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
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Summary

"This book fills a void in bringing together Hollywood stereotyping and Latino self-representation in one study. With clarity and insight, Berg demonstrates why it is so important to take such an approach." --Chon Noriega, author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema The bandido, the harlot, the male buffoon, the female clown, the Latin lover, and the dark lady--these have been the defining, and demeaning, images of Latinos in U.S. cinema for more than a century. In this book, Charles Ramiacute;rez Berg develops an innovative theory of stereotyping that accounts for the persistence of such images in U.S. popular culture. He also explores how Latino actors and filmmakers have actively subverted and resisted such stereotyping. In the first part of the book, Berg sets forth his theory of stereotyping, defines the classic stereotypes, and investigates how actors such as Rauacute;l Julia, Rosie Peacute;rez, Joseacute; Ferrer, Lupe Veacute;lez, and Gilbert Roland have subverted stereotypical roles. In the second part, he analyzes Hollywood's portrayal of Latinos in three genres: social problem films, John Ford westerns, and science fiction films. In the concluding section, Berg looks at Latino self-representation and anti-stereotyping in Mexican American border documentaries and in the feature films of Robert Rodriacute;guez. He also presents an exclusive interview in which Rodriacute;guez talks about his entire career, from Bedhead to Spy Kids, and comments on the role of a Latino filmmaker in Hollywood and how he tries to subvert the system.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(10)
PART ONE THEORY 11(172)
Categorizing the Other
Stereotypes and Stereotyping
13(25)
Stereotypes in Film
38(28)
A Crash Course on Hollywood's Latino Imagery
66(45)
Subversive Acts
Latino Actor Case Studies
87(22)
PART TWO THE HOLLYWOOD VERSION
Latino Representation in Mainstream Cinema
109(2)
Bordertown, the Assimilation Narrative, and the Chicano Social Problem Film
111(72)
The Margin as Center
The Multicultural Dynamics of John Ford's Westerns
128(25)
Immigrants, Aliens, and Extraterrestrials
Science Fiction's Alien ``Other'' as (among Other Things) New Hispanic Imagery
153(30)
PART THREE LATINO SELF-REPRESENTATION 183(90)
BACKSTORY
Chicano and Latino Filmmakers behind the Camera
185(5)
El Genio Del Genero
Mexican American Borderland Documentaries and Postmodernism
190(29)
Ethnic Ingenuity and Mainstream Cinema
219(21)
Robert Rodriguez's Bedhead
El Mariachi
The Mariachi Aesthetic Goes to Hollywood
240(33)
Robert Rodriguez
CONCLUSION
The End of Stereotypes?
262(11)
Notes 273(32)
Index 305

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