Mexican Screen Fiction

Mexican Screen Fiction : Between Cinema and Television

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Mexican cinema is booming today, a decade after the international successes of Amores perros and Y tu mama tambien. Mexican films now display a wider range than any comparable country, from art films to popular genre movies, and boasting internationally renowned directors like Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Guillermo del Toro. At the same time, television has broadened its output, moving beyond telenovelas to produce higher-value series and mini-series. Mexican TV now stakes a claim to being the most dynamic and pervasive national narrative. This new book by Paul Julian Smith is the first to examine the flourishing of audiovisual fiction in Mexico since 2000, considering cinema and TV together. It covers much material previously unexplored and engages with emerging themes, including violence, youth culture, and film festivals. The book includes reviews of ten films released between 2001 and 2012 by directors who are both established (Maryse Sistach, Carlos Reygadas) and new (Jorge Michel Grau, Michael Rowe, Paula Markovitch). There is also an appendix that includes interviews carried out by the author in 2012 with five audiovisual professionals: a feature director, a festival director, an exhibitor, a producer, and a TV screenwriter. Mexican Screen Fiction will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars and essential reading for anyone interested in one of the most vibrant audiovisual industries in the world today.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 296 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745681735
  • 9780745681733

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''Combining insightful readings of key films with social science approaches to issues of production, distribution, exhibition and audience response, Paul Julian Smith's Mexican Screen Fiction ventures beyond the boundaries of traditional film studies to offer a probing and wide ranging study of Mexico's dynamic audiovisual sector.'' Kathleen Vernon, Stony Brook University ''With his latest book, Paul Julian Smith not only offers valuable insights into contemporary Mexican screen fiction, bringing together both film and TV, which are located in their industrial, critical, cultural and historical contexts. Researched and written with evident pleasure, he provides us with an innovative paradigm for thinking about screen media in the twenty-first century.'' Andrea Noble, Durham University ''Combining insightful readings of key films with social science approaches to issues of production, distribution, exhibition and audience response, Paul Julian Smith's Mexican Screen Fiction ventures beyond the boundaries of traditional film studies to offer a probing and wide ranging study of Mexico's dynamic audiovisual sector.'' Kathleen Vernon, Stony Brook University ''With his latest book, Paul Julian Smith not only offers valuable insights into contemporary Mexican screen fiction, bringing together both film and TV, which are located in their industrial, critical, cultural and historical contexts. Researched and written with evident pleasure, he provides us with an innovative paradigm for thinking about screen media in the twenty-first century.'' Andrea Noble, Durham Universityshow more

About Paul Julian Smith

Paul Julian Smith is Distinguished Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Program at the Graduate Center in City University of New York.show more

Table of contents

Figures vii Preface viii Introduction: Mexican Screen Fiction 1 Jump Cut 1: Y tu mama tambien 7 PART I SETTING SCENES 13 1 Revising Mexican Cinema 15 2 Following Festivals 30 Jump Cut 2: Perfume de violetas, Frida 47 PART II AUTEURS AND GENRES 53 3 A Case Study in Transnational Gay Auteurism: Julian Hernandez's A Thousand Clouds of Peace Encircle the Sky, Love, Your Being Love Will Never End 55 4 A Case Study in Genre and Nationality: Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth 64 Jump Cut 3: 21 Grams, Battle in Heaven, KM 31 78 PART III MARGINAL SUBJECTS 87 5 Youth Culture in Mexico: Rebel, I'm Gonna Explode 89 6 Lady Killers in TV Fiction: Women Murderers, The Aparicio Women 120 Jump Cut 4: We Are What We Are, Leap Year 152 PART IV TALES OF INSECURITY 159 7 Film Fictions of Violence: Hell, Saving Private Perez, Miss Bala 161 8 TV Histories of Violence: In the Sewers, Cries of Death and Freedom 191 Jump Cut 5: The Prize, Windows to the Sea 220 Conclusion: Between Cinema and Television 224 Appendix: Interviews with Five Media Professionals (Jesus Mario Lozano, Daniela Michel, Alejandro Ramirez, Roberto Fiesco, Leticia Lopez Margalli) 227 Bibliography 256 Index 266show more

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