In recent years, Mexican films have received high acclaim and impressive box-office returns, earning prestigious international awards in film festivals worldwide. Moreover, Mexico has the most advanced movie industry in the Spanish-speaking world in terms of economic resources, technical production, number of films produced annually, and in distribution. Its impact on Mexican culture and society cannot be overstated. "Mexico's Cinema: A Century of Film and Filmmakers" is a collection of 14 essays that encompass the first 100 years of the cinema in Mexico. Included are original contributions written specifically for this title, plus a few classic pieces in the field of Mexican cinema studies. These essays explore a variety of themes including race and ethnicity, gender issues, personalities and the historical development of a national cinematic style. Each of the book's three sections - The Silent Cinema, The Golden Age, and The Contemporary Era - is preceded by a short introduction to the period and a presentation of the major themes addressed in the section.
This anthology includes pieces by Mexican and North American scholars, including a piece by the internationally acclaimed essayist Carlos Monsivais. Contributors include other acclaimed scholars and critics as well as young scholars who are currently making their mark in the field of film studies of Mexico. These authors represent various fields - community studies, film studies, cultural history, ethnic studies, and gender studies - making this volume an interdisciplinary resource. Mexican cinema has made a major impact throughout Latin America and the Spanish-speaking population of the United States. This is therefore a useful resource for courses in Latin America and Third World cinema, Mexican history and culture, and Chicana/o and ethnic studies.
In 12 essays, specialists and researchers from both sides of the border examine various aspects of the history and the current state of Mexican cinema. Especially well written and intriguing are essays on the decline of the golden age of film and a fascinating look at Mexican border cinema. Highly recommended. Library Journal Hershfield and Maciel have performed a valuable service to English-language scholarship on Mexican cinema. The essays brought together in this volume cast a new light on the historical dynamics of an important cinematic tradition-its films and stars, its representations of national identity, its crises, and its problematic relations with Hollywood, the market and the state. A welcome addition to the growing bibliography on Latin American cinema. -- Randal Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles A valuable contribution to knowledge of the film industry in a country with a long and rich film history. CHOICE Hershfield and Maciel have brought together a collection that illuminates Mexico's cinema over the last century. American Historical Review