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Mexican Cinema/Mexican Woman, 1940-1950

Mexican Cinema/Mexican Woman, 1940-1950 (Paperback)

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The female image has been an ambiguous one in Mexican culture, and the place of women in Mexican cinema is no less tenuous--yielding in the films of Luis Bunuel and others a range of characterizations from virgin to whore, mother to femme fatale. Mexican Cinema/Mexican Woman, 1940-1950 examines a singular moment in the history of Mexican film to investigate the ways in which the cinematic figures of woman functioned to mediate narrative and social debates. The book raises new questions about the relations between woman and cinema. It will have broad appeal among students and scholars of film, feminist studies, and Latin American studies, as well as those interested in the popular culture of Mexico. Considering the historical and cultural representations of sexual difference as well as race and class, Hershfield closely examines the portrayal of women and gender identity in six films: Maria Candelaria (Emilio Fernandez, 1943), Rio Escondido (Emilio Fernandez, 1947), Distinto amanecer (Julio Bracho, 1943), Salon Mexico (Emilio Fernandez, 1948), Dona Barbara (Fernando de Fuentes, 1943), and Susana (Carne y demonio) (Luis Bunuel, 1950).

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticismLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: University of Arizona Press Publication Date: 15/11/1996 ISBN-13: 9780816516377  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Joanne Hershfield is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her articles on Mexican cinema have been published in Wide Angle and The Spectator: A Journal of Film and Television.

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