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Mexico's Cinema : A Century of Film and Filmmakers - Joanne Hershfield

Mexico's Cinema

A Century of Film and Filmmakers

By: Joanne Hershfield (Editor), David R. Maciel (Editor)

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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

Introductionp. xi
The Silent Cinemap. 1
In Quest of a National Cinema: The Silent Erap. 5
The Birth of the Film Industry and the Emergence of Soundp. 17
The Golden Agep. 33
Adela Sequeyro and Matilde Landeta: Two Pioneer Women Directorsp. 37
Cantinflas and Tin Tan: Mexico's Greatest Comediansp. 49
Race and Ethnicity in the Classical Cinemap. 81
Melodrama and Social Comedy in the Cinema of the Golden Agep. 101
From Collaboration to Containment: Hollywood and the International Political Economy of Mexican Cinema after the Second World Warp. 123
The Decline of the Golden Age and the Making of the Crisisp. 165
The Contemporary Erap. 193
Cinema and the State in Contemporary Mexico, 1970-1999p. 197
Reconstructing the Border: Mexican Border Cinema and Its Relationship to Its Audiencep. 233
Women and Gender Representation in the Contemporary Cinema of Mexicop. 249
Authentically Mexican?: Mi Querido Tom Mix and Cronos Reframe Critical Questionsp. 267
Epiloguep. 287
About the Contributorsp. 293
Indexp. 295
Mexican Film Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780842026819
ISBN-10: 0842026819
Series: Latin American Silhouettes (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 15.85  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.67