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Magical Reels : History of Cinema in Latin America - John King

Magical Reels

History of Cinema in Latin America

By: John King

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Published: 17th September 2000
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Still the most comprehensive analysis of the subject to have appeared in English, Magical Reels charts the development of Latin American film industries in a world increasingly dominated by the advanced technology and massive distribution budgets of the North American mainstream.

John King sets up a historical framework to unfold the overlapping histories of cinema in the continent: the itinerant film-makers of the silent era who projected their films in cafes and village halls, the inventive use of vernacular music and local comedy in early sound pictures, the "golden age" of 1940s Mexican cinema, and the "new cinema"-oppositional cinema made "with an idea in the head and a camera in the hand"-of the late 1950s and beyond. A country-by-country account of this new wave allows detailed discussion of, for instance, Peronist cinema in Argentina, 1960s' revolutionary film-making in Cuba, state-sponsored cinema in 1970s' Brazil and Venezuela, and the struggle for democratization in Chile in the 1980s. A new chapter written for this edition examines Latin American cinema of the 1990s, raising issues such as globalization, new cinema audiences, film funding and distribution.

""Politically engaged, vigorously written ... an indispensable guide to the story so far."" - Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgementsp. v
Introductionp. 1
Rugged Features: The Silent Erap. 7
From Sound to 'New Cinema': 1930 to the 1950sp. 31
The 1960s and After: New Cinemas for a New World?p. 65
Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay: Recent Decadesp. 79
Brazil: Cinema Novo to TV Globop. 105
Mexico: Inside the Industrial Labyrinthp. 129
Cuba: Revolutionary Projectionsp. 145
Chilean Cinema in Revolution and Exilep. 169
Andean Images: Bolivia, Ecuador and Perup. 189
Colombia and Venezuela: Cinema and the Statep. 207
Central America and the Caribbean: Movies in Big Brother's Backyardp. 225
Conclusionp. 245
Afterword to the New Edition Cinema in the Nineties: The Snail's Strategyp. 253
Select Bibliographyp. 298
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9781859842331
ISBN-10: 185984233X
Series: Critical Studies in Latin American & Iberian Cultures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 17th September 2000
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition