As its cover announces, the book reviewed here is a new edition, not a revised one. Magical Reels’s previously published chapters are unchanged since their original appearance in 1990. The new edition’s new addition is an afterward, covering developments during the last century’s last decade. This substantial final chapter offers John King’s cautious, yet shrewd, observations about macro issues—such as transnationalism, globalization, and neoliberalism—pertinent to (Latin American) cinema’s contemporary history (and intellectual discourse about mass culture). It also replicates the earlier chapters’ admirable mixture of material and representational analysis as well as their nation-by-nation survey of Latin American filmmaking. In doing so, this new final chapter makes good use of recent works about fin de siglo filmmaking to explore the interplay of contemporary economic patterns and cultural production. The previous chapters, however, do not benefit from interpolation of significant scholarship published since...

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