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Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global by Deborah Shaw

By Deborah Shaw

This attractive ebook explores essentially the most major motion pictures to emerge from Latin the United States because 2000, a unprecedented interval of foreign popularity for the region's cinema. every one bankruptcy assesses someone movie, with a few individuals contemplating the explanations for the remarkable advertisement and significant successes of films comparable to City of God, The motorbike Diaries, Y tu mamá también, and Nine Queens, whereas others research why both vital movies did not get away at the overseas circuit.

Written by means of prime experts, the chapters not just provide textual research, but additionally hint the movies' social context and creation stipulations, in addition to serious nationwide and transnational concerns. Their well-rounded analyses offer a wealthy photo of the kingdom of up to date filmmaking in a number Latin American nations. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the readings during this booklet will offer helpful interpretations for college kids and students of Latin American film.

Contributions by: Sarah Barrow, Nuala Finnegan, David William Foster, Miraim Haddu, Geoffrey Kantaris, Deborah Shaw, Lisa Shaw, Rob Stone, Else R. P. Vieira, and Claire Williams.

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Alberto and Ernesto had the background and education to make their journey possible, but their experiences of hardship and danger (as for many travelers) were temporary and bearable because of that. When they were unable to obtain money from their families, they used their skills, their titles, their luck, and their audacity. In the 1950s, television had not yet arrived in European-influenced Argentina, and people knew and cared little about their neighboring countries. 20 The eight-month, 8,000-mile journey they undertook crossed almost the length of the continent of South America, from Córdoba in the south to Caracas on the north coast, passing through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.

27 Ernesto and Alberto hear stories of eviction, slave labor, abuse, the slide into passivity, and self-loathing of the indigenous people of the continent. They begin to think about their common heritage and habitat, beyond political and national frontiers. In Machu Picchu, Alberto (whom Ernesto teased about wanting to “get laid in every country in Latin America”) jokes that he should marry a girl descended from the Incas and found an Indo-American dynasty, but Ernesto, in his birthday speech, is less flippant.

As a transnational cooperative production, Los diarios de motocicleta has much in common with Fernando Solanas’s El Viaje (The Voyage, 1991), although Salles’s political message is far subtler and less didactic. For a reading of Solanas’s search for Latin American identity through this film, see Deborah Shaw, “Heroes, Villains and Women: Representations of Latin America in The Voyage,” in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Ten Key Films (London: Continuum, 2003), 159–87. 2 Ernesto “Che” Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (London: Fourth Estate, 2004).

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