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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Hispanic Studies

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Publication details for Professor Andrea Noble

Image: Mexican National Cinema.2005 Mexican National Cinema, Routledge, 224 pp.

Author(s) from Durham


Mexican National Cinema offers an account of the development of Mexican cinema from the intense cultural nationalism of the Mexican Revolution, through the "Golden Age" of the 1940s and the Nuevo Cine of the 1960s, to the renaissance in Mexican cinema in the 1990s.
The book moves from broad historical and theoretical context, particularly theories of nation, emergent discourses of "mexicanidad" and the establishment and development of the Mexican industry, towards readings of key film texts and genres. Individual chapters discuss the relationship between Hollywood cinema and Mexican cinema, the stars of the "Golden Age," the role of foreign auteurs in the founding of Mexican cinema, tensions in the industry in the 1960s, and the national and international reception of contemporary films and film-makers. The author then examines the portrayal of Mexican nationhood through critical analysis of film genres including Revolutionary films, machismo and "mexicanidad," the prostitute, and the work of female auteurs.