An Argentine Passion: Maria Luisa Bemberg and Her Films

An Argentine Passion: Maria Luisa Bemberg and Her Films

By: Sheila Whitaker (editor), John King (editor), Rosa Bosch (editor)Paperback

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Maria Luisa Bemberg, who died in 1995, is one of Latin America's most popular film-makers. The only woman director in the region to have achieved consistent international success, she is all the more remarkable for having made her first feature at the age of fifty-eight. Born into a traditional, aristocratic Argentine family, her late-blossoming career focused above all on women's issues. The six features she made between 1980 and 1993 all have female leads who seek to transgress limits: from Camila O'Gorman, executed in the nineteenth century for her love of a Catholic priest, to the remarkable nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Mexico's foremost colonial poet and intellectual, whose enquiring mind was a threat to the discipline of the Church. Bemberg was, as in the title of her second film, senora de nadie, nobody's woman, someone who found her own way in a national film industry dominated by men, and who brought a new way of seeing, a distinctive visual style, to international film-making. This is the first major study of Maria Luisa Bemberg's work. It contains, uniquely, the views of those who worked with her--her producer, cinematographer, script writer, and actors--along with her own comments about the film industry and her work in it. In addition a range of Argentine, British and North American scholars offer readings of each of her films and assess her contribution to contemporary international cinema.

About Author

John King is Professor of Latin American Cultural History at the University of Warwick. Critic Sheila Whitaker, who first screened Bemberg's films in Britain, was Director of the London Film Festival and Head of Programming at the National Film Theatre in London. Rosa Bosch, well known for a wide variety of Latin American cinema programming, produced The Buena Vista Social Club.

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  • ISBN13: 9781859843086
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 245
  • ID: 9781859843086
  • weight: 531
  • ISBN10: 1859843085

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