The product of cinephilic passion and impressive erudition, well argued and comprehensive in scope, this book may well be the definitive critical study in English of Mexican cinema at the turn of the new millennium. In several ways, the book picks up where other recent texts addressing contemporary Mexican cinema leave off. Covering filmmaking activity over four presidential sexenios (from Carlos Salinas de Gortari to Felipe Calderón), the analysis extends from the early nineties, when the state loosened its reins on the film industry, and into the period when film exhibition (as opposed to television) became skewed toward the middle and upper classes as the industry was privatized and Mexican producers, actors, and directors began aggressively seeking opportunities abroad (especially in the United States). Hence the term “neoliberal” in the book's title refers to both a new model of film production and...

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