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SN3111 Contemporary Mexican Cinema

Term 1 ONLY 

Convenor: Dr Miriam Haddu

Assessment:

Essay: 80%, 3,000 – 3,500 words

Oral Presentation: 20% 

Overview:

On this course students will learn how to identify some of the traits of contemporary Mexican cinema, a period of film-making which has been recognised as one of the most fruitful in Mexican cinematic history. The films selected for analysis on this course will be examined within the context of Mexico in the contemporary period: an era rife with socio-political unrest. On this course a reading of the selected filmic texts will be conducted through the use of Psychoanalysis, New Historicism, Film Theory and Documentary Film Theory, as analytical tools.

Key Primary Filmography:

La ley de Herodes, (1999) dir. Luis Estrada

Colosio: El atentado (2012) dir. Carlos Bolado

El violin (2005)) dir. Francisco Vargas

El infierno (2010) Luis Estrada

Heli (2013) Amat Escalante

Amores perros (2000) dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu 

Y tu mamá también (2001) dir. Alfonso Cuarón

Después de Lucia (2014) dir. Michel Franco

Un monstruo de mil cabezas (2015) dir. Rodrigo Pla

Secondary Literature: General, Theoretical, Introductory

Antonio Paranaua, P, Mexican Cinema (translated by Ana López)., London: British Film Institute, 1995.

Ayala Blanco, Jorge, La aventura del cine mexicano (1931-1967), Mexico City: Posada, 1985.

Ayala Blanco, Jorge, La eficacia del cine mexicano: entre lo viejo y lo nuevo, Mexico City:Girjalbo,1994. (

Ayala Blanco, Jorge, La fugacidad del cine mexicano, Mexico City: Editorial Oceano, 2001.

Buñuel: una mirada del siglo XX: Feliz centenario y Buñuel mexicano, el ciclo. México: Conaculta, 2000.

Consandaey, Mikelle (ed.,) 100 Years of Filmmaking in New Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, 1998.

Carlos Salinas de Gortari: el hombre que quiso ser rey / RTC, 1999. Founder’s Videos (NTSC videocassette)

Foster, David William, Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002.    

García Riera, Emilio, Breve historia del cine Mexicano: primer siglo 1897 – 1997. Jalisco: Mapa, 1998.

Hershfield, Joanna, Mexican Cinema / Mexican Woman 1940- 1950, University of Arizona Press, 1996.

Hershfield, Joanna and Maciel, David. R, (eds.,) Mexico’s Cinema: A Century of Film and Filmmakers, Wilmington: Scholarly Resources Inc, 1999.

King, John, Magical Reels: a History of Cinema in Latin America, London: Verson,  1990.

Medrano Platas, Alejandro, Quince directores del cine mexicano: entrevistas, México, D.F.: Plaza y Valdés, 1999.

Millan, Margara, Derivas de un cine en femenino. Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1999.

Monsivais, Carlos, Através del espejo: el cine mexicano y su público, Mexico: Ediciones El Milagro /IMCINE, 1994.

Mora, Carl. J, Mexican Cinema: Reflections of a Society, Berkeley, Los Angeles/ London: University of California Press, 1989.

Noriega, Chon. A, (ed.,) Chicanos and Film, University of Minnesota Press, 1992.)

Pettit, Arthur G, Images of the Mexican American in fiction and film, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, c1980.

Pilcher, Jeffrey. M, Cantiflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity, Scholarly Resources, 2000.

Ramirez Berg, C, Cinema of Solitude: a Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983. Austin: Texas University Press, 1992.

Torrans, Thomas. The magic curtain : the Mexican-American border in fiction, film and song. Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press, 2002.

Tuñon, Julia, Mujeres de luz y sombra en el cine mexicano: la construcción de una imagen (1939 – 1952) Mexico: Colegio de México, 1998.

 

  
 
 
 
 

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