Hidden Chicano Cinema
Film Dramas in the Borderlands
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 as Adventures in Kit Carson Land, The Rattlesnake, and Red 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.
With clear and concise analysis, extensive archival work, and sound scholarship, Hidden Chicano Cinema makes a significant contribution to the field.
Brilliantly exploring a century of narrative, documentary, and hybrid films set in the Southwest Borderlands, A. Gabriel Meléndez reveals the Chicano presence 'hidden' at the core of the American imagination.
Based on archival research, oral histories, and secondary literature, this book documents film and photographic representations of Mexican Americans in New Mexico from the late 19th century to the start of the 21st century. This book fills a significant gap in the literature on the region. Recommended.
Meléndez’s analytical investigation stands as a serious contribution to the scholarship of Borderlands film studies.
Very interesting and insightful study. Melendez...is the first to provide a theoretical framework—proxemics—that illustrates how the image-making of the Borderlands changed from the early to the late twentieth century.
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, including So All Is Not Lost: The Poetics of Print in Nuevomexicano Communities, 1836–1958.
Reimagining Identity through Aesthetics
Edited by Monica Hanna and Rebecca A. Sheehan Contributions by Frederick Luis Aldama, José Capino, Rosa-Linda Fregoso, Nurith Gertz, Jennifer Harford Vargas, Marina Hassapopoulou, Elena Lahr-Vivaz, Yael Munk, Anita Pinzi and Anat Zanger
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