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Mexican cinema 1

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Mexican cinema 1

  1. 1. World Cinema FM4: Section A Mexican cinema 1990-present
  2. 2. Aspects of a National Cinema Topics for examination are: Bollywood, 1990 – present Iranian Cinema, 1990 – present Japanese Cinema, 1950 – 1970 Mexican Cinema, 1990 – present. This study does not require a comprehensive coverage of the period – and it is permissible to cover a shorter period, as long as there is some significance in the films chosen and their relationship to the national cinema to which they belong. It is expected that two principal films will be chosen, supplemented by one or two further films that may have been studied more briefly. Each of the two principal films must be by a different director as this is not an auteur study. The study should focus not only on the films themselves but on their contexts, exploring the viability of studying film by reference to the 'national'. The spec says…
  3. 3. When you think of Mexico you think of… Write a list of words you associate with Mexico:
  4. 4. Where is Mexico?? Right next to USA! National cinema will always be in competition with USA/ Hollywood. This can be good and bad for national cinema…make a list of what you think these might be.
  5. 5. The trailers on the blog are all Mexican films. Watch them and make a list of key themes that you might associate with Mexican national cinema. http://heathenmedia.co.uk/mexicancinema/
  6. 6. Welcome to Mexico! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYI_xSew_u c
  7. 7. A little bit about Mexico Colour and design
  8. 8. How might this be reflected in films? • Mexican cinema has a cutting edge attitude towards editing. • Flash cuts • Enhancement through grading • Colour distortion • Plus other radical post production techniques
  9. 9. Mexican culture- find out about… • Language: SPANISH • Religion: CATHOLIC • Architecture: next slide • Art: next slide • Literature: • Cinema • Food • Music and dance • Sport
  10. 10. Mexican architecture Colonial: 16TH century Pre-Hispanic: BC New Spanish Baroque: 18th century Religious Missions: 19/20th Century Republican period: 19th Century Contemporary- Mexico City
  11. 11. Mexican art Mesoamerican era: BC Pre- Hispanic: BC
  12. 12. 20th century: Mexican Muralist Movement eg Siquerios Art tells stories
  13. 13. Myths and magic: The Day of the Dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsbr_Tkn08 w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3obZze-V0YI
  14. 14. The Aztecs • Dominated large parts of mesoamerica in 14/15/16th centuries • Aztec culture had rich and complex mythological and religious traditions. • To the Aztecs themselves the word "aztec" was an umbrella term used to refer to several ethnic groups that claimed heritage from the mythical place of origin, Aztlan. • Myth, religion and human sacrifice
  15. 15. In summary: 1. Mexico is RICH with historic, cultural traditions that go waaaayyyyy……back…BC. 2. National cinema reflects these cultural traditions 3. We are going to study how Mexican cinema keeps hold of these historic, cultural traditions OR does it lose them/ sell itself to Hollywood? HOW FAR IS MEXICAN CINEMA ACTUALLY MEXICAN????
  16. 16. Mexican cinema a brief history 1. Pre- 1930s 2. The Golden Age 1934-mid 1950s 3. New Mexican cinema 1990s-present
  17. 17. !Que viva Mexico! Soviet film maker Sergei Einstein http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4Vqo KF2s9U “Greatest film plan and greatest personal tragedy” Film project begun in 1930 but was abandoned. By 1930 the film industry in Mexico was beginning to become more established. Einstein had spent some time in Hollywood working with Disney. He went to Mexico and had to be ordered back from Mexico because their industry help him captivated.
  18. 18. El Cine de Oro: The Golden Age 1940s and 50s Mexican cinema was brought to the attention of Hollywood. US stars (such as Orson Wells) were travelling to Mexico to make films but also… Mexican stars were being courted by Hollywood. Dolores Del Rio Pedro Armandariz
  19. 19. • Unprecedented economic growth and prosperity, good relations with US (allies) led to increased revenue and access to technology.
  20. 20. Los Olividados (1950): Luis Bunuel • A realistic and serious depiction of children in poverty • Also elements of surrealism Salvador Dali was a surrealist painter
  21. 21. 1970-late 1980s: Mexican cinema was in decline • Stricter censorship • Private investment was encouraged to reduce the involvement and responsibility of the state. • Films dealing with difficult social themes were suppressed • Rise of TV soaps
  22. 22. 1990s NUEVO CINE MEXICANO New Mexican Cinema Read the extract and research the career of one of the key directors of Mexican cinema.
  23. 23. Task: Prepare a handout to give to your classmates about your particular film director 1. Alfonso Arau 2. Alfonso Cuaron 3. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu 4. Maria Novaro 5. Guillermo del Toro
  24. 24. Task: Prepare a handout to give to your classmates about your particular film director For each director you need to find out: 1. Films they are well known for 2. Who they have worked for and with 3. Awards won for films 4. Youtube clips/ links of examples of their work.

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