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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.
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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