Magical Reels / Edition 1

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Overview

Still the most comprehensive analysis of the subject to have appeared in English, Magical Reels charts the development of Latin American film industries in a world increasingly dominated by the advanced technology and massive distribution budgets of the North American mainstream.

John King sets up a historical framework to unfold the overlapping histories of cinema in the continent: the itinerant film-makers of the silent era who projected their films in cafes and village halls, the inventive use of vernacular music and local comedy in early sound pictures, the “golden age” of 1940s Mexican cinema, and the “new cinema”—oppositional cinema made “with an idea in the head and a camera in the hand”—of the late 1950s and beyond. A country-by-country account of this new wave allows detailed discussion of, for instance, Peronist cinema in Argentina, 1960s’ revolutionary film-making in Cuba, state-sponsored cinema in 1970s’ Brazil and Venezuela, and the struggle for democratization in Chile in the 1980s. A new chapter written for this edition examines Latin American cinema of the 1990s, raising issues such as globalization, new cinema audiences, film funding and distribution.

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“Politically engaged, vigorously written ... an indispensable guide to the story so far.”—Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859842331
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 9/17/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John King is Professor of Latin American Cultural History at the University of Warwick.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Rugged Features: The Silent Era 7
2 From Sound to 'New Cinema': 1930 to the 1950s 31
3 The 1960s and After: New Cinemas for a New World? 65
4 Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay: Recent Decades 79
5 Brazil: Cinema Novo to TV Globo 105
6 Mexico: Inside the Industrial Labyrinth 129
7 Cuba: Revolutionary Projections 145
8 Chilean Cinema in Revolution and Exile 169
9 Andean Images: Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru 189
10 Colombia and Venezuela: Cinema and the State 207
11 Central America and the Caribbean: Movies in Big Brother's Backyard 225
Conclusion 245
Afterword to the New Edition: Cinema in the Nineties: The Snail's Strategy 253
Select Bibliography 298
Index 303
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