Splendors of Latin Cinema
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is often one of the last cultural bastions to recognize products created outside of Hollywood. As a result, the 16 Oscar nominations given to Mexican films in 2007 marked an important—and very conspicuous—admission of the influence of Latin American films on American filmmaking.
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This insightful account analyzes and provides context for the films and careers of directors who have made Latin American film an important force in Hollywood and in world cinema.
In this insightful account, R. Hernandez-Rodriguez analyzes some of the most important, fascinating, and popular films to come out of Latin America in the last three decades, connecting them to a long tradition of filmmaking that goes back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Directors Alejandro Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, and Lucretia Martel and director/screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga have given cause for critics and public alike to praise a new golden age of Latin American cinema. Splendors of Latin Cinema probes deeply into their films, but also looks back at the two most important previous moments of this cinema: the experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the stage-setting movies from the 1940s and 1950s. It discusses films, directors, and stars from Spain (as a continuing influence), Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile that have contributed to one of the most interesting aspects of world cinema.
- Covers films from Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile
- Covers current filmmakers, but also looks at the antecedents of their films going back to the 1940s
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"Films and filmmakers in Latin America and Spain as a whole field provide a context within which Herdandez-Rodriguez (foreign languages, Southern Connecticut State U.) examines particular aspects. Among these are the films of Pedro Almodóvar, Mexican cinema of the Golden Age, Brazilian Cinema Novo, the cinema of Cuba, and the other Latin cinemas."
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