Images of Peru: a national cinema in crisis

Barrow, Sarah (2005) Images of Peru: a national cinema in crisis. In: Latin American Cinema: Essays on Modernity, Gender and National Identity. McFarland & Co Inc, pp. 39-58. ISBN 9780786420049

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A brief look at the major trends in the history of the national cinema of Peru suggests that the relationship between the development of the moving image and the onset of modernity in that country has always been awkward. Many have argued that the advent of cinema coincided in most parts of the world with the decades when modernity was already ‘at full throttle . . . a watershed moment in which a series of sweeping changes in technology and culture created distinctive new modes of thinking about and experiencing time and space’. However, the reality for the majority of Latin American countries was quite different. As Ana M. López points out, it simply is not possible to link the rise of cinema in that part of the world to ‘previous large-scale transformations of daily experience resulting from urbanization, industrialization, rationality and the technological transformation of modern life’. Such developments were only just starting to emerge, so that as cinema was launched across the world, modernity in Latin America ‘was above all a fantasy and a profound desire.’

Keywords:national cinema, Images of Peru, Transnational cinemas, Hispanic cinema, Identity, Violence
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:3037
Deposited On:27 Jul 2010 09:17

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