The golden age of Mexican cinema, which spanned the 1930s through to the 1950s, saw Mexico's film industry become one of
the most productive in the world, exercising a decisive influence on national culture and identity.
In the first major study of the global reception and impact of Mexican Golden Age cinema, this book captures the key aspects of its international success, from its role in forming a nostalgic cultural landscape for Mexican emigrants working in the United States, to its economic and cultural influence on Latin America, Spain and Yugoslavia. Challenging existing perceptions, the authors reveal how its film industry helped establish Mexico as a long standing centre of cultural influence for the Spanish-speaking world and beyond.
Robert Irwin is Professor and Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Spanish and Portugese at the University of California, USA. He is the author of Bandits, Captives, Heroines and Saints: Cultural Icons of Mexico's Northwest Borderlands (2007), and co-editor of Dictionary of Latin American Cultural Studies (2011). Mariacruz Castro Ricalde is Professor of Humanities at the Tecnologico de Monterry, Mexico. She is the author and co-editor of several books on Mexican culture and literature in Spanish, including El Cine Mexicano se Impone (2012).
Acknowledgments.- Introduction; Robert McKee Irwin and Maricruz Castro Ricalde .-1. Rumba Caliente Beats Foxtrot: Cinematic Cultural Exchanges Between Mexico and Cuba; Maricruz Castro Ricalde (Robert McKee Irwin, trans.).- 2. Asi se quere en Antioquia: Mexican Golden Age Cinema in Colombia; Robert McKee Irwin .- 3. Mexico's Appropriation of the Latin American Visual Imaginary: Romulo Gallegos in Mexico; Robert McKee Irwin .- 4. Latin American Rivalry: Libertad Lamarque in Mexican Golden Age Cinema; Monica Szurmuk and Maricruz Castro Ricalde (Robert McKee Irwin, trans.).- 5. Mexican National Cinema in the USA: Good Neighbors and Transnational Mexican Audiences; Robert McKee Irwin.- 6. Panhispanic Romances in Times of Rupture: Spanish-Mexican Cinema; Inmaculada Alvarez and Maricruz Castro Ricalde (Robert McKee Irwin, trans.).- 7. Vedro Nebo in Far Off Lands: Mexican Golden Age Cinema's Unexpected Triumph in Tito's Yugoslavia; Dubravka Suznjevi? and Robert McKee Irwin.- Epilogue; Robert McKee Irwin and Maricruz Castro Ricalde.- Bibliography.- Index.