This engaging book explores Latin America cinema since 2000, an extraordinary period of international recognition. Leading specialists consider the reasons for the unprecedented commercial and critical successes of movies such as City of God, The Motorcycle Diaries, Y tu mama tambien, and Nine Queens, as well as equally important films that failed to break out on the international circuit. The chapters not only offer textual analysis, but also assess the films' social context and production conditions. Their well-rounded analyses offer a rich picture of the state of contemporary filmmaking in a range of Latin American countries. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the readings in this book will provide invaluable interpretations for students and scholars of Latin American film.
Deborah Shaw is senior lecturer in film studies at Portsmouth University.
Introduction: Latin Amercan Cinema Today: A Qualified Success Story Chapter 1: Los diarios de motocicleta as Pan-American Travelogue Chapter 2: "So What's Mexico Really Like?": Framing the Local, Negotiating the Global in Alfonso Cuaron's Y tu mama tambien Chapter 3: Cidade de Deus: Challenges to Hollywood, Steps to The Constant Gardener Chapter 4: Playing Hollywood at Its Own Game? Bielinski's Nueve reinas Chapter 5: Afro-Brazilian Identity, Malandragem and Homosexuality in Madame Sata Chapter 6: Family Romance and Pathetic Rhetoric in Marcelo Pineyro's Kamchatka Chapter 7: Soapsuds and Histrionics: Media, History, and Nation in Bolivar soy yo Chapter 8: Killing Time in Cuba: Juan Carlos Tabio's Lista de espera Chapter 9: The Power of Looking: Politics and the Gaze in Salvador Carrasco's La Otra Conquista Chapter 10: Peruvian Cinema and the Struggle for International Recognition: Case Study on El Destino no tiene favoritos