Spanish 135.3: Latin American Cinema

TuTh 9:30-11A, B1 Hearst Field Annex | Instructor: Brizuela | CCN: 23293

Units: 3

This class will explore the idea of a committed cinema in Latin America, focusing on the 1960/1970’s and the present day. It will also look at the mainstream cinema and audiovisual production that these attempts at politicizing the moving image were reacting against. That is, we will look at some examples of the Studio system productions of the 1940’s and 1950’s, that followed the Hollywood model quite closely. And we will also look at the massive genre film industry that emerged in Latin America in the 1980’s, as the wave of revolutionary ideals –both in society and in cinema- faded. We will study the now classics that articulated the first wave of political cinema in the 1960’s –Memorias del subdesarrollo, Terra em Transe, La hora de los hornos, El chacal de Nahueltoro, El coraje del Pueblo– from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. These will be contrasted to the more contemporary work of Paz Encina (Paraguay), Ignacio Agüero (Chile), Andrea Tonacci (Brazil) and Tatiana Huezo (Mexico/El Salvador), and their attempts to do something with the film medium that complicates its status as the most massive form of entertainment today.