ISSN: 20509790
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 1-2
Cover Date: July 2017
Edward Soja’s postmetropolis: A contemporary urban phenomenon as seen in Latin American cinema
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Authors:  Andrea Franco 
DOI: 10.1386/jucs.4.1-2.187_1

Keywords
city and cinema,urban space,projected cities,postmetropolis,Latin American cinema,cinema as a way of life

Abstract
This article presents a survey of some of the most recent theories in the fields of cinema and the city. A series of Latin American movies have been analysed from the perspective of urban space, with special attention to Edward Soja’s notion of ‘postmetropolis’. Contemporary filmmakers capture cities like Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City as spaces in transition, deeply fragmented and made from layers of previous cityscapes. Finally, I revisit the idea of cinema as a way of life, drawing from Louis Wirth’s essay ‘Urbanism as a way of life’, and of cinematisation of social life by Gilles Lipovetsky and Jean Serroy.
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