New PDF release: Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies

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By Donald F. Stevens

ISBN-10: 058534826X

ISBN-13: 9780585348261

ISBN-10: 0842027815

ISBN-13: 9780842027816

Combining historical past with discussions of dramatic cinema, in line with a real tale: Latin American background on the videos examines how movie has portrayed Latin the United States from the past due 15th century to the current. The ebook opens with an creation at the visible presentation of the prior within the video clips, whereas the remainder of the booklet contains essays that discover the simplest function motion pictures on Latin the United States from the pro historian's viewpoint.

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The opposition between Columbus and the backwardness of Spain is portrayed in several scenes. When his son breaks away from him in the city streets to follow the crowds and ends up watching an execution, presumably an auto-da-fé (act of faith) of the Inquisition, Columbus's revulsion at the display is clear to us. The crowd seems impressed with the grandeur of the scene, but he turns away in disgust. The execution scene is designed to make us think of the persecution of witches; the wild grey hair of one of the two female victims is blown about in the wind, and she is old and Page 18 wizened.

32 The blurred boundary between documentary and feature or fictional film can also be a matter of Page 9 interpretation as filmmakers attempt to tell the truth in spite of political interference. Héctor Babenco began to make a documentary about Brazil's juvenile detention system. When official obstruction made that project impossible, he told the story through fiction, writing and directing Pixote, a haunting and realistic vision of a child's life on the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

A classic work by one of the first Latin Americanists to use films in teaching history. Levine, Robert M. Images of History: Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Latin American Photographs as Documents. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1989. Not only a guide to the current literature on photography in Latin America but an essential discussion of images as documents. Novick, Peter. That Noble Dream: The "Objectivity" Question and the American Historical Profession. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

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