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The politics of landscape


Andermann, J (2017). The politics of landscape. In: Hart, Stephen; Johnson, Randal; Delgado, Maria. A companion to latin american cinema. Malden, MA: Wiley, 133-148.

Abstract

If film has been a way of mapping Latin America for viewers both national and foreign, landscape has simultaneously represented a resource for this “cartographic cinema” (Conley) and an alternative visual regime of space and place. Landscape, this essay argues, has provided Latin American cinema with a form of self-reflexivity about its own spatial operations and their symbolic political and cultural valences. Rural locations in particular offered both a screen onto which national and continental narratives of origin could be projected and a way of resisting these by drawing out the singularity of the local. After briefly discussing the role of landscape in silent and early sound film, I move to sketch out its key importance for the cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, and finally to contrast the latter's aesthetics of space and place with those of twenty first-century films informed, I argue, by a critical “neo-regionalism.”

Abstract

If film has been a way of mapping Latin America for viewers both national and foreign, landscape has simultaneously represented a resource for this “cartographic cinema” (Conley) and an alternative visual regime of space and place. Landscape, this essay argues, has provided Latin American cinema with a form of self-reflexivity about its own spatial operations and their symbolic political and cultural valences. Rural locations in particular offered both a screen onto which national and continental narratives of origin could be projected and a way of resisting these by drawing out the singularity of the local. After briefly discussing the role of landscape in silent and early sound film, I move to sketch out its key importance for the cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, and finally to contrast the latter's aesthetics of space and place with those of twenty first-century films informed, I argue, by a critical “neo-regionalism.”

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Latin American Center Zurich
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:April 2017
Deposited On:08 Jan 2018 15:58
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 10:02
Publisher:Wiley
ISBN:978 1118552889
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118557556.ch8

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