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New Argentine Cinema

Argentine filmmaking from the mid-1990s to the present has enjoyed worldwide success. New Argentine Cinema explores this cinema in order to discover the elements that have made for this success, in relation to the country's profound political, social and cultural crisis during the same period. Jens Andermann shows how the most recent wave of films differs markedly from the Argentine cinema of the preceding decade, following the end of the dictatorship in 1983. Studying films by Lisandro Alonso, Albertina Carri, Lucrecia Martel, Raul Perrone, Martin Rejtman, and Pablo Trapero, among others, he identifies a shift in aesthetic sensibilities between these directors and those of the previous generation as well as a profound change in the way films are being made, and their relation to the audiovisual field at large. In combining close comparative analyses with a review of the changing models of production, editing, actorship and location, Andermann uncovers the ways in which Argentine films have managed to construct a complex, multilayered account of their own present, as shot through - or 'perforated' - by the still unresolved legacies of the past.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1 Transitions: How Argentine Film Survived the Nineties; Chapter 2 Locating Crisis: Compositions of the Urban; Chapter 3 Margins of Realism: Exploring the Contemporary Landscape; Chapter 4 Perforated Presence: the Documentary Between the Self and the Scene; Chapter 5 Embodiments: Genre and Performance; Chapter 6 Accidents and Miracles: Film and the Experience of History; Filmography; Index

About the Author

Jens Andermann is Professor of Latin American and Luso-Brazilian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London and an editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. He has published widely on Latin American visual, literary and material culture, including the books The Optic of the State: Visuality and Power in Argentina and Brazil (2007) and Mapas de poder: Una arqueologia literaria del espacio argentino (2000).


'This is scholarship of a very high quality. Andermann picks his way judiciously through existing critical work but never fails to impress with his own lively and attentive readings.' - Joanna Page, author of Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema; 'If you want to know why Argentine cinema over the past 15 years has proved so vibrant and so innovative, look no further than Jens Andermann's timely book.' - Maria Delgado, Professor of Theatre and Screen Arts, Queen Mary, University of London

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