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Directory of World Cinema: Argentina 2
Now Available
Price £40, $57
ISBN 9781783206629
Paperback 282 pages
170 x 230mm
Published October 2016
Imprint: Intellect
Books by Gary M. Kramer
Books by Beatriz Urraca
Books in Film Studies
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This volume continues the exploration of contemporary Argentine cinema that began in the first book. It provides a close analysis of exciting new directors, including Marco Berger and Matías Piñeiro, transnational stars like Ricardo Darín, and trends such as films being made in the provinces. Contributors cover several of the country’s Oscar submissions, including Benjamín Ávila’s Clandestine Childhood, Lucía Puenzo’s The German Doctor, and Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales, which became a surprise global hit. Focusing primarily on films made since 2000, the book offers a rich mix of reviews, essays, analyses, and film stills, which together make it an invaluable companion to one of the most popular, diverse and successful film industries in Latin America

'An insightful essay opens each chapter and contextualizes 12 representative films.' – L. K. Garcia, Choice

'Volume 2 is a fantastic introduction to the newest voices in Argentine cinema, focusing primarily on films made after the year 2000 and as recently as 2015. Readers can discover everything from the most recent highlights at film festivals to lesser-known gems that one might not have found, if it weren’t for this book. I finished reading the book feeling as if I had acquired a whole new base of knowledge regarding both the political climate in Argentina and the major social trends of recent decades, yet never once did the book feel pedantic or pretentious. It’s filled with information and thoughtful analysis without letting the intricate ideas and intellectual material over-whelm the reader.' – Melissa Webb, Film International

'The first part of the book provides a series of overviews on this world of film. There are really interesting articles on the treatment of the ‘Gaucho’ on film, and of ‘Perón and Evita’, both representations being (probably) more familiar through the Hollywood treatments. There is a star study of Ricardo Darin, the popular actor who is in many Argentinean releases, including the excellent The Secret in Their Eyes.' – Keith Withall, Media Education Journal

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