Latin American Melodrama: Passion, Pathos, and Entertainment

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Darlene J. Sadlier
University of Illinois Press, 2009 M08 18 - 183 páginas

Like their Hollywood counterparts, Latin American film and TV melodramas have always been popular and highly profitable. The first of its kind, this anthology engages in a serious study of the aesthetics and cultural implications of Latin American melodramas. Written by some of the major figures in Latin American film scholarship, the studies range across seventy years of movies and television within a transnational context, focusing specifically on the period known as the "Golden Age" of melodrama, the impact of classic melodrama on later forms, and more contemporary forms of melodrama. An introductory essay examines current critical and theoretical debates on melodrama and places the essays within the context of Latin American film and media scholarship.

Contributors are Luisela Alvaray, Mariana Baltar, Catherine L. Benamou, Marvin D’Lugo, Paula Félix-Didier, Andrés Levinson, Gilberto Perez, Darlene J. Sadlier, Cid Vasconcelos, and Ismail Xavier.

 

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A Short History of Film Melodrama in Latin America
1
Aventurera
19
2 Melodrama and the Emergence of Venezuelan Cinema
33
La geurra gaucha as Historical Melodrama
50
Between Passion and the Nation
64
Melodrama and Cinema Novos Critique of Conservative Modernization
77
6 Nelson Pereira dos Santoss Cinema de lagrimas
96
7 Luis Alcoriza or A Certain Antimelodramatic Tendency in Mexican Cinema
110
Melodramatic Imagination in Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
130
Exporting the Folkloric Nation Harvesting the MelancholicSublime
139
Contributors
173
Index of Names and Titles
175
back cover
185
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Darlene J. Sadlier is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University and the author of Nelson Pereira dos Santos and, most recently, Brazil Imagined: 1500 to the Present.

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