Argentine Cinema and National Identity (1966-1976)

Carolina Rocha

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ISBN: 9781786940544

Publication: January 5, 2018

Series: Liverpool Latin American Studies 16

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Argentine Cinema and National Identity covers the development of Argentine cinema since the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, a period that has been understudied. This essential cultural history delves on the dialect tradition versus modernity that was in place during those years and also comprises an examination of the political economy of film production as well as the different laws, including that implementing censorship that regulated this cultural industry. It also pays particular attention to two historical film genres: the historical film genre per se and the gauchesque, a genre based on outlaw gauchos that was crucial for nation-building in the nineteenth century. This volume investigates the way Argentine cinema positioned itself when facing the competition of glossy American films and resorted to the historical and gauchesque to bridge the stark divisions between the Argentine left and right in the late 1960s.

Carolina Rocha is Professor in Spanish at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 2014 she received the Fulbright Scholar Award from the University of Liverpool.


Section I: Argentine History and Cinema 1955-1976
Chapter 1: Political and Social Tensions in Post 1955 Argentina
Chapter 2: Argentine Cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s
Chapter 3: Argentine Cinema 1966-1973
Chapter 4: Argentine Cinema 1973-1976

Section II: The Gauchesque
Chapter 5: Martín Fierro
Chapter 6: Don Segundo Sombra
Chapter 7: Santos Vega
Chapter 8: Juan Moreira
Chapter 9: Los gauchos judíos

Section III: Representing Founding Fathers
Chapter 10: Looking for a National Hero
Chapter 11: Güemes, la tierra en armas
Chapter 12: Bajo el signo de la patria
Chapter 13: Juan Manuel de Rosas


"Carolina Rocha succeeds in offering fresh insights into cinematic representations of competing visions of Argentine collective identities during a decade characterized by political upheavals that culminated in the brutal dictatorship of 1976. With a keen eye for detail, she never loses sight of the main arguments, which she conveys in a clear and flowing prose."
Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University

"Argentine Cinema and National Identity is an extensively researched and well-written book that reconstructs a key period in Argentine history through the lens of a corpus of films that is largely underexplored and overlooked."
Jordana Blejmar, University of Liverpool

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

264 Pages

ISBN: 9781786940544

Publication: January 5, 2018

Series: Liverpool Latin American Studies 16

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