Film and radio intermedialities in early Latin American sound cinema

Authored by: Ana M. López

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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This chapter illuminates the complex intermedial relation between radio and cinema during the crucial first decades of the sound era, arguing first that film historians have largely ignored or misrepresented the intermedial synergies; the chapter goes on to explore the impact of the aural dynamics that emerges from such intermedial practices on the stabilization of the audience; finally, it looks to the specific textual practices in key films of the period. The importance of López’s investigation lies in two areas: First, an essential correction in our view of cinema’s place within mass culture of the period; second, the long-term implictions of sound aesthetics as an agent of cultural and political meaning both for audiences and those writing about Latin American film.

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