The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema is the most comprehensive survey of Latin American cinemas available in a single volume. While highlighting state-of-the-field research, essays also offer readers a cohesive overview of multiple facets of filmmaking in the region, from the production system and aesthetic tendencies, to the nature of circulation and reception. The volume recognizes the recent "new cinemas" in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, and, at the same time, provides a much deeper understanding of the contemporary moment by commenting on the aesthetic trends and industrial structures in earlier periods. The collection features essays by established scholars as well as up-and-coming investigators in ways that depart from existing scholarship and suggest new directions for the field.

chapter |14 pages


Troubling histories
ByMarvin D’Lugo, Ana M. López, Laura Podalsky

part I|118 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

National cinema

ByJuan Poblete

chapter 2|13 pages

Silent and early sound cinema in Latin America

Local, national, and transnational perspectives
ByRielle Navitski

chapter 3|18 pages

National cinemas (re)ignited

Film and the state
ByLisa Shaw, Luis Duno-Gottberg, Joanna Page, Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

chapter 4|13 pages

Unpacking periodization

ByLaura Podalsky

chapter 5|17 pages

Off-screen culture

ByMaite Conde, Laura Isabel Serna, María Fernanda Arias Osorio

chapter 6|13 pages

Space, politics, and the crisis of hegemony in Latin American film

ByGeoffrey Kantaris

chapter 7|14 pages

Encounters with the centaur

Forms of the film-essay in Latin America 1
ByMaría Luisa Ortega

chapter 8|14 pages

Realism, documentary, and the process genre in early New Latin American Cinema

BySalomé Aguilera Skvirsky

part II|115 pages

Interrogating critical paradigms

chapter 9|15 pages

Cosmopolitan nationalisms

Transnational aesthetic negotiations in early Latin American sound cinema
ByAdrián Pérez Melgosa

chapter 10|14 pages

Genre films then and now

ByGerard Dapena

chapter 11|16 pages

New Latin American stardom

ByDolores Tierney, Victoria Ruétalo, Roberto Carlos Ortiz

chapter 12|12 pages

Radical ruptures in the cinema of Latin America around “1968”

ByMariano Mestman

chapter 14|19 pages

New frameworks

Collaborative and indigenous media activism
ByFreya Schiwy, Amalia Córdova, David Wood, Horacio Legrás

chapter 15|12 pages

Productions of space/places of construction

Landscape and architecture in contemporary Latin American film
ByJens Andermann

chapter 16|14 pages

Enduring art cinema

ByNilo Couret

part III|30 pages

Business practices

chapter 17|15 pages

Transnational networks of financing and distribution

International co-productions
ByLuisela Alvaray

chapter 18|13 pages

The interlocking dynamics of domestic and international film festivals

The case of Latin American and Caribbean cinema 1
ByTamara L. Falicov

part IV|96 pages


chapter 19|16 pages

Film and photography

An archeology
ByAndrea Cuarterolo

chapter 20|19 pages

Problematizing film and photography

ByAlejandro Kelly Hopfenblatt, Silvana Flores

chapter 21|13 pages

Film and radio intermedialities in early Latin American sound cinema

ByAna M. López

chapter 22|15 pages

Music in Latin American cinema

Aural communities on- and off-screen
ByMarvin D’Lugo

chapter 23|14 pages

Film and television 1

ByJosetxo Cerdán, Miguel Fernández Labayen

chapter 24|17 pages

Latin American film in the digital age

ByGonzalo Aguilar, Mariana Lacunza, Niamh Thornton