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Exhausted landscapes: Reframing the Rural in recent Argentine and Brazilian films


Andermann, J (2014). Exhausted landscapes: Reframing the Rural in recent Argentine and Brazilian films. Cinema Journal, 53(2):50-70.

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This article analyzes the compositional modes and signifying functions of landscape in four recent Latin American films. Comparing their deployment of the landscape form with rural-based predecessors from Brazilian and Argentine cinematic modernity, the article traces an exhaustion of landscape as purveyor of allegorical meanings. Yet the more recent films also reveal—through their self-conscious deployment of the landscape form—the historical conditions of this crisis, thus paradoxically endowing landscape once again with epistemological valences beyond the time-image.

This article analyzes the compositional modes and signifying functions of landscape in four recent Latin American films. Comparing their deployment of the landscape form with rural-based predecessors from Brazilian and Argentine cinematic modernity, the article traces an exhaustion of landscape as purveyor of allegorical meanings. Yet the more recent films also reveal—through their self-conscious deployment of the landscape form—the historical conditions of this crisis, thus paradoxically endowing landscape once again with epistemological valences beyond the time-image.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:17 Feb 2015 11:57
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:51
Publisher:University of Texas Press * Journals Division
ISSN:1527-2087
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/cj.2014.0016
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-105497

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