Buñuel and Mexico: The Crisis of National Cinema (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Oct 14, 2003 - Performing Arts - 214 pages
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Though Luis Bu uel, one of the most important filmmakers of the twentieth century, spent his most productive years as a director in Mexico, film histories and criticism invariably pay little attention to his work during this period. The only book-length English-language study of Bu uel's Mexican films, this book is the first to explore a significant but neglected area of this filmmaker's distinguished career and thus to fill a gap in our appreciation and understanding of both Bu uel's achievement and the history of Mexican film. Ernesto Acevedo-Mu oz considers Bu uel's Mexican films made between 1947 and 1965 within the context of a national and nationalist film industry, comparing the filmmaker's employment of styles, genres, character types, themes, and techniques to those most characteristic of Mexican cinema. In this study Bu uel's films emerge as a link between the Classical Mexican cinema of the 1930s through the 1950s and the "new" Cinema of the 1960s, flourishing in a time of crisis for the national film industry and introducing some of the stylistic and conceptual changes that would revitalize Mexican cinema.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Mexican Cinema in the Time of Luis Bunuel
15
Bunuel and Mexico
32
Los Ohidados and the Crisis of Mexican Cinema
57
Genre Women Narrative
80
On the Road
111
Masculinity and Class Conflict
124
From Bunuel to Nuevo Cine
143
Filmography of Luis Bunuel
153
Notes
159
Bibliography
177
Index
187
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