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Aesthetics and Politics in the Mexican Film Industry
 
 
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17 Jun 2013
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Aesthetics and Politics in the Mexican Film Industry is the first English-language analysis of what some called a "renaissance" at the turn of the twenty-first century. It examines the years surrounding Mexico´s presidential elections in 2000 and the fall of the ruling party after seventy one years in power in order to better understand a moment when politics and cinema shared the limelight. Moving beyond the international blockbusters, the research evaluates a broad selection of films, produced from the early 1990s to the present, to help demystify this period for scholars and students. It explains in clear language how production methods, audience demographics, and aesthetic approaches have changed throughout the past two decades of Mexican cinema and how these changes relate to Mexico's transitions to a democratic political system and free-market economy.


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Aesthetics and Politics in the Mexican Film Industry is the first English-language analysis of what some called a "renaissance" at the turn of the twenty-first century. It examines the years surrounding Mexico´s presidential elections in 2000 and the fall of the ruling party after seventy one years in power in order to better understand a moment when politics and cinema shared the limelight. Moving beyond the international blockbusters, the research evaluates a broad selection of films, produced from the early 1990s to the present, to help demystify this period for scholars and students. It explains in clear language how production methods, audience demographics, and aesthetic approaches have changed throughout the past two decades of Mexican cinema and how these changes relate to Mexico's transitions to a democratic political system and free-market economy.


Reviews

"This is a major contribution to Mexican film studies. Going well beyond the study of films by internationally recognized auteurs, Misha MacLaird provides us with an indispensable road map to navigate through the discourses of crisis and renaissance that hover over contemporary Mexican cinema. She applies wit and intelligence as well as over 15 years of fieldwork to bear on her study of this critical moment in Mexico's political and cinematic culture." - Sergio de la Mora, University of California, Davis, USA, author of Cinemachismo

"Aesthetics and Politics in the Mexican Film Industry draws on Misha MacLaird's extensive knowledge and first-hand research to make a compelling argument for thinking about recent Mexican cinema and its aesthetic and narrative elements including successes like Amores perros, Y tu mamá también, and El crimen del Padre Amaro as the product of profound political and economic changes. Through analysis of formal elements, industry practices, and legislation, MacLaird skillfully examines the ways in which cultural policy, censorship and the inequities of trade liberalization in Mexico and the rest of the Americas have shaped Mexico's film industry and film texts at the turn of the twenty first century. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Mexican cinema." - Dolores Tierney, University of Sussex, UK, author of Emilio Fernández: Pictures in the Margins

"Misha Maclaird discusses Mexican national cinema in terms of cultural policy, wider public policy, foreign policy, and meaning. Elegant and purposeful, this is an important book, not only for the study of Latin American and especially Mexican film but for the entire discipline of cinema studies." - Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside, USA


Contents

Una época fatal: An Era of Fatality, Tragic Endings, and New Beginnings
PART I: THE POLITICS OF TRANSITION
1. Industry and Policy: Privatizing a National Cinema
2. Audiences and Markets: On Spectatorship and Citizenship
3. Censorship and Sensationalism: Neotremendismo autoritario
PART II: THE AESTHETICS OF TRANSITION
4. Hyperrealism and Violence: Fatal Aesthetics
5. Independence and Innovation: Indie Film and the Youth Market
6. Coproduction and Transnationalism: National Culture in a Global Marketplace
7. Between Tragedy and Farce: Mexico and Its Cinema Relive History


Authors

Misha MacLaird is an independent writer and film curator specializing in Latin American cinema and audiovisual policy. She received a PhD from Tulane University, USA and has taught courses on Latin American cinema at the University of California, Davis. A native of Oakland, California, she currently resides in Mexico City.