New Latin American Cinema, Volume 1: Theories, Practices, and Transcontinental Articulations (Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series)

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Mapping the historical and cultural contexts of film practices in Latin America, this two-volume collection of programmatic statements, essays and interviews is devoted to the study of a theorized, dynamic and unfinished cinematic movement. Forged by Latin America's post-colonial environment of underdevelopment and dependency, the New Latin American Cinema movement has sought to inscribe itself in Latin America's struggles for cultural and economic autonomy.

This volume explores the formation of the New Latin American Cinema movement, its national and continental implications (including the diasporic/exilic experience) and transcontinental articulations through the writings of pioneer film-makers and scholars. Glauber Rocha, Julio Garcia Espinosa, Jorge Sanjines, Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino address the central question of the Latin American aesthetic – a particular style and production method connected with the political and social conditions and circumstances of Latin America. Ana Lopez, Julianne Burton and Michael Chanan examine the movement's formation in the 1950s and its development through the 1980s in a socio-historical context, paying special attention to modes of production and consumption. Paul Willemen assesses the movement's relevance to radical film practice and theory in the First and Third Worlds, and Antonio Skarmeta calls for a distribution network of Third World Cinema on a pan-European level. The volume concludes with essays by Ruby Rich and Zuzana M. Pick who address, from widely different approaches, the issues of the movement's adaptability, renovation and identity, in consideration of its evolution since the 1950s.

Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814325858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814325858
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

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A well thought inquiry on the history of latin american cinema

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 on September 25, 2007
By bernie lins
The texts selected by the editor offer a historical perspective of the New Latin American Cinema. I was pleased to revisit some relevant manifestos of Glauber Rocha, Fernando Birri and Fernando Solanas. And the papers were carefully chosen, in order to convey a historical background as well as an aesthetic critique of the New Cinema. Unfortunately, the texts stop in the early nineties. Therefore, there are no contributions related to the more recent production, that has a distinctive industrial flavor, and its dialogs with the tradition. But it is overall a very well thought selection.

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