The classical Mexican cinema : the poetics of the exceptional Golden Age films
- Charles Ramírez Berg.
- First edition.
- Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015.
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- xi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
- Texas film and media studies series.
- Berg, Charles Ramírez, 1947- author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Chapter 1. Introduction: Retheorizing Mexican Film History
- Chapter 2. Every Picture Tells a Story: Jose Guadalupe Posada's Protocinematic Graphic Art
- Chapter 3. Enrique Rosas's El automovil gris (1919) and the Dawning of Modern Mexican Cinema
- Chapter 4. The Adoption of the Hollywood Style and the Transition to Sound
- Chapter 5. Mexican Cinema Comes of Age: Fernando de Fuentes in the 1930s
- Chapter 6. The Cinematic Invention of Mexico: The Poetics and Politics of the Fernandez Unit Style
- Chapter 7. Luis Bunuel in Mexico
- Chapter 8. Three Classical Mexican Cinema Genre Films
- Chapter 9. Conclusion: What Happened to the Classical Mexican Cinema? Notes Index.
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From the mid-1930s to the late 1950s, Mexican cinema became the most successful Latin American cinema and the leading Spanish-language film industry in the world. Many Cine de Oro (Golden Age cinema) films adhered to the dominant Hollywood model, but a small yet formidable filmmaking faction rejected Hollywood s paradigm outright. Directors Fernando de Fuentes, Emilio Fernandez, Luis Bunuel, Juan Bustillo Oro, Adolfo Best Maugard, and Julio Bracho sought to create a unique national cinema that, through the stories it told and the ways it told them, was wholly Mexican. "The Classical Mexican Cinema" traces the emergence and evolution of this Mexican cinematic aesthetic, a distinctive film form designed to express "lo mexicano."Charles Ramirez Berg begins by locating the classical style s pre-cinematic roots in the work of popular Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada at the turn of the twentieth century. He also looks at the dawning of Mexican classicism in the poetics of Enrique Rosas "El Automovil Gris, " the crowning achievement of Mexico s silent filmmaking era and the film that set the stage for the Golden Age films. Berg then analyzes mature examples of classical Mexican filmmaking by the predominant Golden Age auteurs of three successive decades. Drawing on neoformalism and neoauteurism within a cultural studies framework, he brilliantly reveals how the poetics of Classical Mexican Cinema deviated from the formal norms of the Golden Age to express a uniquely Mexican sensibility thematically, stylistically, and ideologically.".
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