By Deborah Shaw

This enticing e-book explores the most major movies to emerge from Latin the United States considering 2000, a unprecedented interval of overseas reputation for the region's cinema. every one bankruptcy assesses somebody movie, with a few members contemplating the explanations for the unparalleled advertisement and demanding successes of films comparable to City of God, The bike Diaries, Y tu mamá también, and Nine Queens, whereas others research why both vital movies didn't escape at the overseas circuit.

Written by means of best experts, the chapters not just supply textual research, but additionally hint the flicks' social context and creation stipulations, in addition to serious nationwide and transnational concerns. Their well-rounded analyses supply a wealthy photo of the nation of latest filmmaking in quite a number Latin American international locations. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the readings during this booklet will offer useful interpretations for college students and students of Latin American film.

Contributions by: Sarah Barrow, Nuala Finnegan, David William Foster, Miraim Haddu, Geoffrey Kantaris, Deborah Shaw, Lisa Shaw, Rob Stone, Else R. P. Vieira, and Claire Williams.

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Photo: British Film Institute. Images from The Motorcycle Diaries appear courtesy of Pathé Pictures International, © FilmFour Limited 2004, all rights reserved. Ernesto and Alberto on la Poderosa. Los diarios de motocicieta/The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, 2004). Photo: British Film Institute. Images from The Motorcycle Diaries appear courtesy of Pathé Pictures International, © FilmFour Limited 2004, all rights reserved. A certain amount of poetic license also fleshed out the plot, in two instances in particular.

It is not a documentary or biopic but a text that was open (or, in Salles’s words “porous”16) to a certain amount of improvisation as filming progressed and situations arose along the way—improvisation also being the method Ernesto claims, during the first minutes of the film, that the pair will use to complete their trip. The interpolated testimonies of people encountered during the trip (rather like the flashbacks in Y tu mamá también) increase the sense of authenticity of the film and emphasize that the same problems affect the area as they did fifty years before.

13 These national contexts have, in many cases, proven no obstacle to spectators’ enjoyment of the films in other countries, and many of the essays in this collection examine the relationship between films and the international market and analyze the forces behind international hits. In chapter 5, Lisa Shaw considers Madame Satã and, among other aspects, reflects on how a film that focuses on a fascinating marginalized character from the Brazilian underworld struck a chord with both national and foreign audiences.

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