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Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands [Paperback]

Item : Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands [Paperback]
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Author Author : Meléndez, A. Gabriel
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 081356106X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780813561066
Publisher Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Pages Pages : 288
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 101321300

Hidden Chicano Cinemaexamines how New Mexico, situated within the boundaries of the United States, became a stand-in for the exotic non-western world that tourists, artists, scientists, and others sought to possess at the dawn of early filmmaking, a disposition stretching from the silent era to today as filmmakers screen their fantasies of what they wished the Southwest Borderlands to be.

The book highlights “film moments” in this region’s history including the “filmic turn” ushered in by Chicano/a filmmakers who created new ways to represent their community and region. A. Gabriel Meléndez narrates the drama, intrigue, and politics of these moments and accounts for the specific cinematic practices and the sociocultural detail that explains how the camera itself brought filmmakers and their subjects to unexpected encounters on and off the screen. Such films asAdventures in Kit Carson Land, The Rattlesnake,andRed Sky at Morning, among others, provide examples of  movies that have both educated and misinformed us about a place that remains a “distant locale” in the mind of most film audiences.

This visual representation of New Mexico and its people is a fascinating study of how the region has been depicted in film from the dawn of early filmmaking and the silent era to today. Meléndez examines such films asAdventures in Kit Carson Land,The Rattlesnake, andRed Sky at Morning, among others, that have both educated and misinformed us about a state in our own midst that remains a “distant locale” to most white Americans.

A. GABRIEL MELÉNDEZ is a professor and chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of numerous books, includingSo All Is Not Lost: The Poetics of Print in Nuevomexicano Communities, 1836–1958.

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