Splendors of Latin Cinema

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ABC-CLIO, Nov 19, 2009 - Social Science - 203 pages

In this insightful account, R. Hernandez-Rodriguez analyzes some of the most important, fascinating, and popular films to come out of Latin America in the last three decades, connecting them to a long tradition of filmmaking that goes back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Directors Alejandro Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, and Lucretia Martel and director/screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga have given cause for critics and public alike to praise a new golden age of Latin American cinema. Splendors of Latin Cinema probes deeply into their films, but also looks back at the two most important previous moments of this cinema: the experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the stage-setting movies from the 1940s and 1950s. It discusses films, directors, and stars from Spain (as a continuing influence), Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile that have contributed to one of the most interesting aspects of world cinema.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Cinema of Spain
1
CHAPTER 2 The Films of Pedro Almodovar
27
CHAPTER 3 The Cinema of Mexico
45
CHAPTER 4 Mexican Cinema of the Golden Age
73
CHAPTER 5 The Cinema of Brazil
87
CHAPTER 6 Brazilian Cinema Novo
107
CHAPTER 7 The Cinema of Argentina
125
CHAPTER 8 The Cinema of Cuba
145
CHAPTER 9 The Other Latin Cinemas
165
Bibliography
191
Index
197
About the Author
205
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R. Hernandez-Rodriguez is an associate professor in the foreign language department at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.

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