Chicanos and Film: Essays on Chicano Representation and Resistance

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Responds to recent developments in the representation of Chicanos and Chicanas in Hollywood and Mexican cinema, to the growth of Chicano counter-cinema, and to the emergence of Chicano film criticism as a distinct genre. The 22 essays consider such topics as Latino participation in the Hollywood film industry 1911-45, Mexican immigrants in the US in Mexican films since 1950, and the development of a Raza cinema. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Representation and Resistance
The American Film Industry
Stereotyping and Chicano Resistance: An Historical Dimension (1973) 3
Latino Participation in the Hollywood Film Industry, 1911-1945 18
Bordertown, the Assimilation Narrative, and the Chicano Social Problem Film 29
Of Mestizos and Half-Breeds: Orson Welles's Touch of Evil 47
Latino Sacrifice in the Discourse of Citizenship: Acting against the "Mainstream," 1985-1988 59
Who is Maria? What is Juan? Dilemmas of Analyzing the Chicano Image in U.S. Feature Films 74
The Mexican Film Industry
Pochos and Other Extremes in Mexican Cinema; or, El Cine Mexicano se va de Bracero, 1922-1963 94
Cinematic Orphans: Mexican Immigrants in the United States since the 1950s 114
Ni de aqui, ni de alla: Indigenous Female Representation in the Films of Maria Elena Velasco 127
Pt. 2 Critical Issues in Chicano Cinema
Between a Weapon and a Formula: Chicano Cinema and Its Contexts 141
Chicana Film Practices: Confronting the "Many-Headed Demon of Oppression" 168
Self-Directed Stereotyping in the Films of Cheech Marin 183
Legislating Languages: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez and the English Language Amendment 195
Chicano Cinema: A Dialectic between Voices and Images of the Autonomous Discourse Versus Those of the Dominant 207
Story Structure in Latino Feature Films 218
Crossover: Hispanic Specialty Films in the U.S. Movie Marketplace 241
A Chicano Reporter in "Hispanic Hollywood": Editorial Agendas and the Culture of Professional Journalism 261
Pt. 3 Manifestos and Testimonials
Ya Basta con Yankee Imperialist Documentaries! (1974) 275
Towards the Development of a Raza Cinema (1975) 284
Notes on Chicano Cinema (1979) 303
Filming a Chicana Documentary (1979) 308
"Eso me esta pasando" (1990) 312
Selected Bibliography 317
Contributors 323
Index 327
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