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.
Reviews'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
'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
'In this ambitious volume, Rocha combines the methodologies of the film scholar and the film historian to examine the Argentine motion-picture industry during a volatile period in the nation’s cultural and political spheres [...] Providing relevant historical context for her observations, Rocha furthers understanding of an understudied period in Argentine cinema.'
D. West, CHOICE