Mexican National Cinema

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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Mexican National Cinema offers an account of the development of Mexican cinema from the intense cultural nationalism of the Mexican Revolution, through the 'Golden Age' of the 1930s and 1940s and the 'nuevo cine' of the 1960s, to the renaissance in Mexican cinema in the 1990s. theories of nation, emergent discourses of 'mexicanidad' and the establishment and development of the Mexican industry, towards readings of key film texts and genres. Mexican cinema, the stars of the 'Golden Age', the role of foreign auteurs in the founding of Mexican cinema, tensions in the industry in the 1960s, and the national and international reception of contemporary films and film-makers. The author then examines the portrayal of Mexican nationhood through critical analysis of film genres including revolutionary films, machismo and 'mexicanidad', the prostitute, and the work of female auteurs. vital and complex relationship between cinema and national identity in Mexico.
 

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Contents

On Mexican cultural history
8
A note on nation cinema and medium specificity
22
The Mexican revolution as moving memory
48
The formation of a national cinema audience
70
Looking outside Maria Candelaria
85
Notes on the cinema audience after the Golden Age
91
Melodrama and Mexican cinema
97
Hie politics of Mexican masculinity in erisis
106
Eisensteins itinerary
127
After Eisenstein
134
The politics and erotics of border culture
147
El Jardin del Edén
158
11k specular border
165
Afterword
172
Filmography
188
References
200

El castillo de la pureza
112
Closing comments
121

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Andrea Noble teaches in the Department of Spanish at the University of Durham, England.

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