Hispanics and United States Film: An Overview and Handbook

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Keller (Hispanic Research Ctr., Arizona State Univ.) continues the work in film analysis he began with Chicano Cinema: Research, Reviews and Resources (Bilingual Pr., 1985). This new work concentrates on brief analyses of Hispanic film roles, players, and film types from the earliest motion pictures right up to Erik Estrada's latest assignment. Ten years in the making, it contains a mine of hard-to-find information in this underresearched area. Readers, however, may find themselves wishing for a multimedia presentation on CD-ROM as the ideal accompaniment to this material. A partial solution is presented by a complementary volume, A Pictorial Handbook of Hispanics and United States Film, due next year. The two works were conceived as one but grew too large, and the index-which is absolutely necessary-will appear in the forthcoming book. Recommended for larger film and Chicano studies collections, with the caveat that they must purchase both books.-James E. Ross, Seattle P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780927534406
  • Publisher: Bilingual Review/Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Cinema and Theater Studies
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Emergence of Motion Pictures and the Depiction of Race, Ethnicity, and Other Cultures 5
2 The Impact of Technological, Esthetic, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Factors on the Depiction of Minorities: 1903-1915 13
The Increased Sophistication of Filmmaking and the Burgeoning Esthetics of Illusionism 14
The Nickelodeon Revolution and Its Aftermath and the Strivings for Respectability 21
White Females Versus Ethnic Out-Groups 27
Ethnic Women Who Turn Out to Be White 27
White Women Collaborating with Nonwhite Women and/or Men 28
Attitudes Toward Race and Ethnicity Among the Filmmakers and Their White Audiences 31
3 The First Decades: Types of Characters 37
General Characteristics of the Hispanic Characters in American Films of the First Decades 39
The Physical Setting 39
Female Roles 40
Male Roles 48
4 The First Decades: Film Types 70
The Impact of the Mexican Revolution on Hispanic-Focused Film Production 71
Conventions Governing Hispanic-Focused Films in the First Decades of Production 71
Film Types 73
Hispanics Who Figured in the Movies through 1936 104
5 The 1930s through the 1950s and the Era of Social Consciousness 111
Conglomeration of the Film Industry and the Production Code 111
The Impact of Protests in the Spanish-Speaking World and the Effect of the Good Neighbor Policy 115
The Initiation and Subsequent Abandonment of Spanish-Language Productions 119
Proliferation of Latin Musicals 121
Socially Conscious Films 127
The Continuation of Earlier Genres 136
Hispanics Who Figured in the Movies between 1937 and 1959 142
6 Films Since 1960 150
The Relaxation of Morality Codes and the Western 151
The Hispanic Avenger and Hispanic Exploitation Films 156
Interplay in Other Film Genres between Relaxation of Censorship and Rise of Civil Rights 159
The Proliferation of Gang Films 161
The "Hispanic Hollywood" Phenomenon 163
Other Film Genres since 1960 168
Hispanics Who Figured in the Movies since 1960 178
7 The Emergence of U.S. Hispanic Films 192
Chicano Cinema Productions 194
Chicano Features 207
Puerto Rico's Contributions to the Film Industry and Puerto Rican Films 211
Cuban American and Other U.S. Latino Films 217
Works Cited 221
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