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Mexican melodrama : film and nation from the Golden Age to the new wave / Elena Lahr-Vivaz.

By: Lahr-Vivaz, Elena [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource (pages :) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780816534548; 0816534543.Subject(s): Motion pictures -- Mexico -- History | Motion pictures, Mexican -- History and criticismAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 791.430972 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Melodrama and Mexico; 2. Taming Nosotros; 3. The Ties That Bind; 4. Nosotros No More; 5. Seeing Stars; 6. Re-sounding Melos; Conclusion; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
Summary: "Mexican Melodrama offers a timely look at critically acclaimed films that serve as key referents in discussions of Mexican cinema. Elena Lahr-Vivaz artfully portrays the dominant conventions of historical and contemporary Mexican cinema, showing how new-wave directors draw from a previous generation to produce meaning in the present"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Mexican Melodrama offers a timely look at critically acclaimed films that serve as key referents in discussions of Mexican cinema. Elena Lahr-Vivaz artfully portrays the dominant conventions of historical and contemporary Mexican cinema, showing how new-wave directors draw from a previous generation to produce meaning in the present"--Provided by publisher.

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List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Melodrama and Mexico; 2. Taming Nosotros; 3. The Ties That Bind; 4. Nosotros No More; 5. Seeing Stars; 6. Re-sounding Melos; Conclusion; Notes; Works Cited; Index.

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CHOICE Review

Lahr-Vivaz's fine book compares film melodramas from the Golden Age of Mexican film (1930s-50s) to work done in the 1990s and 2000s. Her main thesis is that whereas the directors of Golden Age melodramas sought to promote a Mexican sense of unity, a nosotros, more recent filmmakers reveal just the opposite--the fragmentation and disunity of Mexico. Some of this shift is due to the change in the audience, from the downtown movie palaces with their predominantly urban, working-class audience, to the shopping mall Cineplexes catering mainly to the middle class. In each chapter Lahr-Vivaz (Rutgers) compares one of the Golden Age classics with two more recent films--the films of Emilio Fernández, Arcady Boytler, and Ismael Rodríguez, for instance, with those of Alfonso Arau, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Carlos Reygadas (sadly, the author does not discuss María Novaro's Danzón). Though the later films reference the earlier masterpieces, they do so only to reject the notion of nosotros as applicable to modern Mexico. A minor flaw: in late chapters Lahr-Vivaz seems to rely on the films' subtitles rather than on her own more accurate translations. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. --William A. Vincent, Michigan State University

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Elena Lahr-Vivaz is an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Newark, specializing in Latin American literature and film.

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