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Hispanic Urban Studies

Politics of Architecture in Contemporary Argentine Cinema

Authors: Holmes, Amanda

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  • Demonstrates the impact of architecture on a specific cinematic movement
  • Argues that buildings rendered in film can uniquely critique political environments and outcomes
  • Illustrates how films analyzed can sharply point and critique the continued dominance of economic hierarchies in contemporary Argentina
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This book considers how architectural landmarks, imagined buildings and urban landscapes take part in the production of meaning in contemporary Argentine cinema. From the iconic Buenos Aires Obelisk to the Hilton International Hotel, the shopping center to the café and the Le Corbusier-designed Curutchet House to the gated community, architecture in these films evokes the political. Tracing architecture’s expression through six films produced since the 1990s—Pizza birra faso, Mundo grúa, Nueve reinas, La niña santa, La antena and El hombre de al lado—Amanda Holmes studies how architecture in cinema elicits political memory, underscores marginalization and class discrepancies, creates nostalgia for neighborhoods and re-evaluates existing communities. Generously illustrated and carefully researched, the book offers an in-depth reading of key contemporary Argentine films and a fresh architectural approach to film analysis.

About the authors

Amanda Holmes is Associate Professor of Latin American literature and film at McGill University, Canada. She is author of City Fictions: Language, Body and Spanish American Urban Space (2007) and co-editor of Cultures of the City: Mediating Identities in Urban Latin/o America (2010).

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“Amanda Holmes offers a thorough and detailed analysis of six Argentine films, focusing particularly on the architectonic sites (and/or spaces) represented in the films; their history; their relationship with the films’ plot and aesthetics; and their political, economic, social, and cultural meanings in the context of these films. The visual analysis is indeed outstanding, and the arguments created in relation to these films are enlightening and stimulating.” (Gabriela Copertari, Case Western Reserve University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55190-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-85591-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics of Architecture in Contemporary Argentine Cinema
Authors
Series Title
Hispanic Urban Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55191-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55191-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55190-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85591-2
Series ISSN
2662-5830
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 162
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
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