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The Cinematic Tango
Contemporary Argentine Film

By Tamara L. Falicov

 Publication date: 19 April 2007<br><br> 224 pages

978-1-904764-92-2    £16.99 (pbk)

978-1-904764-93-9    £45.00 (hbk) 


Given the recent worldwide critical success of 
Argentine films such as Pizza, birra, faso 
(Pizza, Beer, Smokes, 1997), 
Mundo grúa (Crane World, 
1999), Esperando al mesías 
(Waiting for the Messiah, 2000), La 
ciénaga (The Swamp, 2001), 
Glue-Historia adolescent en el medio de la 
nada (Glue, 2005) and 
Agua (Water, 2006), this 
unique English-language study is long overdue. A 
comprehensive historical overview, The 
Cinematic Tango explores the cultural 
politics of over sixty years of filmmaking, tracing 
Argentine cinema from the 1940s to the present day. 
Through insightful case studies and personal 
interviews with leading filmmakers, Tamara L. Falicov 
explores how the portrayal of national culture on film 
has been shaped, articulated and debated through 
the lens of state policy and the dynamics of the global 
film market.

 

The book includes in-depth discussion of the 1980s 
post-dictatorship era when national cinema was 
utilised by the state as a public relations tool abroad, 
and the contemporary period of the 1990s 
under the Menem administration when financial 
incentives led not only to the production of 
commercial 'blockbusters' but also created new 
opportunities for first-time directors, sparking the 
recent surge of low-budget, independent filmmaking 
that has come to be known as 'The New Argentine 
Cinema'. Films discussed in the volume include 
La tregua (The Truce, 1974) 
Camila (1984), La historia oficial
 (The Official Story aka The 
Official Version, 1985), Comodines 
(Cops, 1997) and La furia 
(The Fury, 1997).

Tamara L. Falicov is Associate Professor in 
the Department of Theatre and Film and Latin 
American Studies at the University of Kansas.




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