Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance during the Cold War (Hardcover)

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Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance during the Cold War (Hardcover)

By Hector Amaya (Other primary creator)

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Hector Amaya advances into new territory in Latin American and U.S. cinema studies in this innovative analysis of the differing critical receptions of Cuban film in Cuba and the United States during the Cold War. Synthesizing film reviews, magazine articles, and other primary documents, Screening Cuba compares Cuban and U.S. reactions to four Cuban films: Memories of Underdevelopment, Lucia, One Way or Another, and Portrait of Teresa. In examining cultural production through the lens of the Cold War, Amaya reveals how contrasting interpretations of Cuban and U.S. critics are the result of the political cultures in which they operated. While Cuban critics viewed the films as powerful symbols of the social promises of the Cuban revolution, liberal and leftist American critics found meaning in the films as representations of anti-establishment progressive values and Cold War discourses. By contrasting the hermeneutics of Cuban and U.S. culture, criticism, and citizenship, Amaya argues that critical receptions of political films constitute a kind of civic public behavior.
Hector Amaya is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780252035593
ISBN-10: 0252035593
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: September 9th, 2010
Pages: 248
Language: English
"Truly groundbreaking. Amaya's provocative and illuminating analysis uses a Cuba-U.S. framework to address film criticism as a way of exercising political citizenship, providing a glimpse into the cultural and political effects of the Cold War."--Ana López, coeditor of The Ethnic Eye: Latino Media Arts

Screening Cuba joins a new generation of writings about Cuban culture and cultural politics. An original contribution to cinema reception studies."--Michael Chanan, author of Cuban Cinema

"[A] clearly organized, well-written comparative study. . . . Recommended."--Choice