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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)

Paperback Published: 28th November 1999
ISBN: 9780842026826
Number Of Pages: 313

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In recent years, Mexican films have received high acclaim and impressive box-office returns. Moreover, Mexico has the most advanced movie industry in the Spanish-speaking world, and its impact on Mexican culture and society cannot be overstated.

Mexico's Cinema: A Century of Film and Filmmakers is a collection of fourteen essays that encompass the first 100 years of the cinema of Mexico. Included are original contributions written specifically for this title, plus a few classic pieces in the field of Mexican cinema studies never before available in English. 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 insightful anthology is the first published study that 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 area 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, important for courses in Latin America and Third World cinema, Mexican history and culture, and Chicana/o and ethnic studies.

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

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: 9780842026826
ISBN-10: 0842026827
Series: Latin American Silhouettes (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 28th November 1999
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.44  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.5