The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez

The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez

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ISBN-13: 9780292761247
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University, where he founded and directs LASER/Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Teaser before the Show by Charles Ramírez Berg


Art and Industry: The Films of Robert Rodriguez

Good, Bad, Ugly . . . and Beautiful

El Mariachi (1992)
Desperado (1995)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Regenerative Aesthetics of Degenerate Genres

From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
The Faculty (1998)

Familia Redefined, Chocolate Rivers, Rainbow Rocks, Dreamscapes, and S'mores

Spy Kids 1 (2001)
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (2011)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)
Shorts (2009)

Tour de Noir Comic-Book Film

Sin City (2005)

Otherworldly Mutants, Bandidas, Borderland Vigilantes . . . Fight Back

Planet Terror (2007)
Machete (2010)
Machete Kills (2013)

It's a Wrap

Interview with Robert Rodriguez




What People are Saying About This

Rosa-Linda Fregoso

"The Cinema of Robert Rodríguez is a fascinating book that makes you see Rodríguez’s films in a new way. Meticulously researched, imaginatively conceived, and eloquently written, the book tells a captivating story about the filmmaker’s visual sensibility and inventive DIY approach to making films on his own terms. A masterful critical guide, Aldama takes us into the heart of Robert Rodríguez’s creative universe. This book is a true pleasure to read!"

Ana M. López

"Exhilarating to read, Aldama’s brilliantly argued and refreshing take on Rodriguez’s career and accomplishments is a very welcome addition to the Latino studies bookshelf. Much talked about but rarely studied in depth, Rodriguez’s extraordinary and extensive cinematic oeuvre has long been deserving of the kind of critically astute analysis and detailed attention Aldama offers. Read The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez and you will know why Rodriguez is our new millennial Latino filmmaker par excellence."

Camilla Fojas

"The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez is a foundational text on one of the most significant artists of this generation. Applying a diverse range of approaches—cognitive, film theoretical, philosophical, and cultural and media studies—Aldama examines Rodriguez’s entire multi-genre corpus within its aesthetic, sociopolitical, and cultural contexts. This virtuoso analysis shows how Rodriguez’s films create new aesthetic objects and fictional worlds that partake in and impact the social realities to which they refer. Aldama shows how these visual texts expand our perceptions and widen our affective landscape, making us open to new possible futures. This is a truly remarkable work that will fascinate fans, film lovers, and film scholars alike."

Alex Rivera

"Rodriguez gained cinematic notoriety with the image of a guitar case that concealed not a musical instrument but a weapon. In similar fashion, Aldama’s book contains many surprises and sharp-edged tools for thinking about the crossroads of film, politics, and identity. . . An explosive text!"

Chon Noriega

"Aldama provides an engaging and wide-ranging exploration of one of the most iconoclastic directors working in Hollywood—someone who has pushed the boundaries of how films get made, how they tell stories, and who gets to tell these stories both in front of and behind the camera. The most comprehensive book on Robert Rodriguez not written by the director himself!"

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