Productions of space/places of construction

Landscape and architecture in contemporary Latin American film

Authored by: Jens Andermann

The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138855267
eBook ISBN: 9781315720449
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Until recently, film studies scholars have approached the issue of space primarily in terms of representational conventions in given films, genres, and/or national traditions, often in relation to larger sociocultural dynamics. Early narratives about protagonists who journey from the countryside to the city—such as Romance del palmar (It Happened in Havana, Ramon Peon, Cuba, 1938)—could be linked to urbanization and modernization in the early part of the century; cabaretera films such as Salón México (Emilio Fernández, Mexico, 1949) could be seen in terms of the changing role of women in Mexico City; analyses of more recent films such as Central do Brasil (Central Station, Walter Salles, Brazil and France, 1998) might read the protagonists’ journey northward from Rio de Janeiro as an allegory about the nation itself; or, in the case of Dependencia sexual (Sexual Dependency, Rodrigo Bellot, Bolivia and US, 2003), as an effort to examine the geographies of class, race, and sexuality in a globalized La Paz.

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