ISBN-10:
185984233X
ISBN-13:
9781859842331
Pub. Date:
09/17/2000
Publisher:
Verso Books
Magical Reels / Edition 1

Magical Reels / Edition 1

by John King

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Magical Reels / Edition 1

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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ISBN-13: 9781859842331
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 09/17/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsv
Introduction1
1Rugged Features: The Silent Era7
2From Sound to 'New Cinema': 1930 to the 1950s31
3The 1960s and After: New Cinemas for a New World?65
4Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay: Recent Decades79
5Brazil: Cinema Novo to TV Globo105
6Mexico: Inside the Industrial Labyrinth129
7Cuba: Revolutionary Projections145
8Chilean Cinema in Revolution and Exile169
9Andean Images: Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru189
10Colombia and Venezuela: Cinema and the State207
11Central America and the Caribbean: Movies in Big Brother's Backyard225
Conclusion245
Afterword to the New Edition Cinema in the Nineties: The Snail's Strategy253
Select Bibliography298
Index303

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