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Dream Factories of a Former Colony : American Fantasies, Philippine Cinema - Jose B. Capino

Dream Factories of a Former Colony

American Fantasies, Philippine Cinema

Paperback Published: 10th November 2010
ISBN: 9780816669721
Number Of Pages: 290

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Philippine cinema, the dream factory of the former U.S. colony, teems with American figures and plots. Local movies feature GIs seeking Filipina brides, cold war spies hunting down native warlords, and American-born Filipinos wandering in the parental homeland. The American landscape furnishes the settings for the triumphs and tragedies of Filipino nurses, GI babies, and migrant workers.
By tracking American fantasies in Philippine movies from the postindependence period to the present, Jose B. Capino offers an innovative account of cinema's cultural work in decolonization and globalization. Capino examines how a third world nation's daydreams both articulate empire and mobilize against it, provide imaginary maps and fables of identity for its migrant workers and diasporan subjects, pose challenges to the alibis of patriarchy and nationalism, and open up paths for participating in the cultures of globality.
Through close readings of more than twenty Philippine movies, Capino demonstrates the postcolonial imagination's vital role in generating pragmatic and utopian visions of living with empire. Illuminating an important but understudied cinema, he creates a model for understanding the U.S. image in the third world.

Industry Reviews

"A former colony of the United States, the Philippine nation has long had its own version of the American Dream, and Jose Capino does a superb job of analyzing how that bittersweet fantasy translates onto Philippine screens in this valuable book. With detailed examinations of key films from the Philippines as well as transnational productions, his groundbreaking study does so much more than provide an overview of Philippine cinema history; it makes a significant intervention in American/Philippine cultural studies and provides a novel way of approaching the connection between colonialism and global screen culture." --Gina Marchetti, author of Romance and the "Yellow Peril" Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction

Note on Translationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: A Tale of Two Sistersp. xiii
Visions of Empire
Terror Is a Man: Exploiting the Horrors of Empirep. 3
My Brother Is Not a Pig: American Benevolence and Philippine Sovereigntyp. 33
(Not) Searching for My Father: GI Babies and Postcolonial Futuresp. 69
Transnational Imaginings
The Migrant Woman's Tale: On Loving and Leaving Nationsp. 107
Filipino American Dreams: The Cultural Politics of Diasporan Filmsp. 135
Global Ambitions
Naked Brown Brothers: Exhibitionism and Festival Cinemap. 171
Philippine Cinema's Fatal Attractions: Appropriating Hollywoodp. 199
Coda: A Tale of Two Brothersp. 235
Notesp. 241
Filmographyp. 271
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780816669721
ISBN-10: 0816669724
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 10th November 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41