Film and photography

An archeology

Authored by: Andrea Cuarterolo

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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Photography, the medium with which the cinema is most ontologically linked, was the basis for many of the visual entertainments that most influenced the emergence of motion pictures, yet it is often overlooked in critical and historical studies. This chapter is based on the idea that a good part of the acceptance and understanding with which early Latin American cinema was received was the result of the reading competencies, representational codes, and thematic and aesthetic fashions that had been internalized by spectators during the preceding 50-year history of photography. It explores how photography and cinema were interconnected in the context of Latin America in the first decades of the twentieth century, leading the way for the exploration of film and photography intermedialities in the 1930s–1960s in Chapter 20 (Kelly and Flores).

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