1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema

Edited By Marvin D'Lugo, Ana López, Laura Podalsky Copyright 2018
    418 Pages
    by Routledge

    418 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema is the most comprehensive survey of Latin American cinemas available in a single volume. While highlighting state-of-the-field research, essays also offer readers a cohesive overview of multiple facets of filmmaking in the region, from the production system and aesthetic tendencies, to the nature of circulation and reception. The volume recognizes the recent "new cinemas" in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, and, at the same time, provides a much deeper understanding of the contemporary moment by commenting on the aesthetic trends and industrial structures in earlier periods. The collection features essays by established scholars as well as up-and-coming investigators in ways that depart from existing scholarship and suggest new directions for the field.

    Introduction: Troubling Histories

    Marvin D’Lugo, Ana M. López and Laura Podalsky

    I. Historiographies

    Chapter 1: National cinema

    Juan Poblete

    Chapter 2: Silent and early sound cinema in Latin America: local, national, and transnational perspectives

    Rielle Navitski

    Chapter 3: National cinemas (re)ignited: film and the state

    Lisa Shaw, Luis Duno-Gottberg, Joanna Page, and Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

    Chapter 4: Unpacking periodization

    Laura Podalsky

    Chapter 5: Off-screen culture

    Maite Conde, Laura Isabel Serna, and María Fernanda Arias Osorio

    Chapter 6: Space, politics and the crisis of hegemony in Latin American film

    Geoffrey Kantaris

    Chapter 7: Encounters with the centaur: forms of the film-essay in Latin America

    María Luisa Ortega

    Chapter 8: Realism, documentary, and the process genre in early New Latin American Cinema

    Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky

    II. Interrogating critical paradigms

    Chapter 9: Cosmopolitan nationalisms: transnational aesthetic negotiations in early Latin American sound cinema

    Adrián Pérez Melgosa

    Chapter 10: Genre films then and now

    Gerard Dapena

    Chapter 11: New Latin American stardom

    Dolores Tierney, Victoria Ruétalo, and Roberto Carlos Ortiz

    Chapter 12: Radical ruptures in the cinema of Latin America around "1968"

    Mariano Mestman

    Chapter 13: Transnational genealogies of institutional film culture of Cuba, 1960s–70s

    Masha Salazkina

    Chapter 14: New frameworks: collaborative and indigenous media activism

    Freya Schiwy, Amalia Córdova David Wood, and Horacio Legrás

    Chapter 15: Productions of space/places of construction: landscape and architecture in contemporary Latin American film

    Jens Andermann

    Chapter 16: Enduring art cinema

    Nilo Couret

    III. Business practices

    Chapter 17: Transnational networks of financing and distribution: international co-productions

    Luisela Alvaray

    Chapter 18: The interlocking dynamics of domestic and international film festivals: the case of Latin American and Caribbean cinema

    Tamara L. Falicov

    IV. Intermedialities

    Chapter 19: Film and photography: an archeology

    Andrea Cuarterolo

    Chapter 20: Problematizing film and photography

    Alejandro Kelly-Hopfenblatt and Silvana Flores

    Chapter 21: Film and radio intermedialities in early Latin American sound cinema

    Ana M. López

    Chapter 22: Music in Latin American cinema: aural communities on- and off-screen

    Marvin D’Lugo

    Chapter 23: Film and television

    Josetxo Cerdán and Miguel Fernández Labayen

    Chapter 24: Latin American film in the digital age

    Gonzalo Aguilar, Mariana Lacunza, and Niamh Thornton


    Marvin D’Lugo is Research Professor at Clark University, USA. He has written extensively on Hispanic transnational cinema, focusing on "audio politics" in Latin American film. He is currently completing a book on the digital cinema revolution in Mexico.

    Ana M. López is Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, USA. Her research is focused on Latin American and Latino film and cultural studies. She is currently the editor of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas.

    Laura Podalsky has authored The Politics of Affect and Emotion in the Contemporary Latin American Cinema (2011) and Specular City: Transforming Culture, Consumption, and Space in Buenos Aires, 1955–1973 (2004). She teaches Latin American film and cultural studies at the Ohio State University, USA.