Centre of Latin American Studies

Cultural Studies Section

Cinema and Dictatorship in Argentina 

Specific essays on La historia oficialSur and Últimas imágenes del naufragio:

* = recommended

Muñoz, Willy Oscar. ‘The Official Story: A Documentary Discourse’. Transformations: From Literature to Film. Ed. Douglas Radcliff-Umstead. Kent, OH: Kent State University, 1987. 205-13.

* Newman, Kathleen. ‘Cultural Redemocratization: Argentina, 1978-89’. On Edge: The Crisis of Contemporary Latin American Culture. Eds. George Yúdice, Jean Franco and Juan Flores (Social Text Collective). Cultural Politics #4. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992. 161-85. [An excellent article on the mediation between history, politics, and culture.]

Newman, Kathleen. ‘National Cinema after Globalization: Fernando Solanas's Sur and the Exiled Nation’. Mediating Two Worlds: Cinematic Encounters in the Americas. Eds. John King and Ana M. Lopez. London: BFI, 1993. 242-57.

Operé, Fernando. ‘From Silence to Awakening: The Functional Role of Recent Argentine Films’. Hispania [Stanford] 71.4 (December 1988): 872-74. (On La historia oficial and Camila.)

Ramsey, Cynthia. ‘The Official Story: Feminist Re-Visioning as Spectator Response’. Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 11 (1992): 157-69.

Thompson, Currie K. ‘Seeing Ourselves Seeing: Love and Salvation in Últimas imágenes del naufragio’. Romance Languages Annual 3 (1991): 598-601.

* Tomlinson, Emily. ‘Mapping the Land of “I-don’t remember”: For a Re-evaluation of La historia oficial’. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 81.2 (2004).

Kantaris, Elia Geoffrey. ‘The Last Snapshots of Moderntiy: Argentine Cinema after the “Process”’. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies [Glasgow] 73.2 (April 1996): 219-44.

On Third Cinema

Burton, Julianne. ‘Marginal Cinemas and Mainstream Critical Theory’. Screen 26.3-4 (May-August 1985): 2-21. (Other cinemas, other criticisms.)

Ramsey, Cynthia. ‘Third Cinema in Latin America: Critical Theory in Recent Works’. Latin American Research Review 23.1 (1988): 266-75.

Pines and Willemen: Jim Pines and Paul Willemen, eds. Questions of Third Cinema. London: British Film Institute, 1989.

Solanas and Getino: Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino. ‘Towards a Third Cinema’ (1969) in Michael Chanan, ed., Twenty-five Years of the New Latin American Cinema (London: British Film Institute and Channel Four, 1983).

On Modernity and Buenos Aires

Sarlo, Beatriz. Una modernidad periférica: Buenos Aires 1920 y 1930. Colección Cultura y Sociedad. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Nueva Visión, 1988. (In Latin American Studies Library.)

General works

Foster, David William. Contemporary Argentine Cinema. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1992. [Some informative background, but not very interpretative.]

Getino, Octavio. Cine argentino: entre lo posible y lo deseable. Buenos Aires: Fundación CICCUS, 1998.

King, John. Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America. Critical Studies in Latin American Culture #4. London: Verso, 1990. Argentina, pp. 79-97. [Contains acute contextualization.]

King and Torrents: John King and Nissa Torrents, eds. The Garden of Forking Paths: Argentine Cinema. London: British Film Institute, 1987.

Martin, Michael T., ed. New Latin American Cinema. Vol. 1: Theory, Practices, and Transcontinental Articulations; 2: Studies of National Cinemas, Contemporary Film and Television. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1997.

Pick, Zuzana M. The New Latin American Cinema: A Continental Project. Texas Film Studies Series. Texas: University of Texas Press, 1993. [The best of the continent-wide accounts.]

Reati, Fernando. ‘Argentine Political Violence and Artistic Representation in Films of the 1980’s’. Latin American Literary Review 17.34 (July-Dec. 1989): 24-39.

Thompson, Currie K. ‘Against All Odds: Argentine Cinema, 1976-1991’. Post Script 11.3 (Summer 1992): 32-45.