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SIP Colloquium--Professor Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Washington University in St. Louis: "Alfonso Cuaron, Carlos Reygadas and the End of National Cinema in Mexico"

Event Type
Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS); Center for Advanced Study (CAS).
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Oct 29, 2012   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Professor Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Washington University in St. Louis
Free and open to the public.
Professor Javier Irigoyen-Garcia
Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

This talk proposes that Carlos Reygadas and Alfonso Cuaron are both representatives of the undoing of "national cinema" as a guiding paradigm for film production in Mexico. This argument unfolds into three inter-related considerations: 1) both directors participate in an industrial structure created and developed under neoliberalism, which radically changed the relationship between cinema and the polity; 2) the films of both directors (particularly Y tu mama tambien and Batalla en el cielo) show the impossibility of the nation as a site of representation by constructing narratives and allegories that define neoliberal subjectivity and 3) Mexican-ness only acquires meaning in these films as a commodity constructed

for international circulation, which results in the films' losing any meaningful

relationship to the formation of national subjectivity in contemporary Mexico.

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