r ev ie ws s mi th , p au l j ul ia n. Mexican Screen Fiction. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2014. ix 281 pp. As anyone who follows Paul Julian Smith on Twitter will know, he has spent recent years travelling to film festivals, primarily in Mexico and Spain. The films he has seen at these events and the inside knowledge he has gained as juror, invited panelist, or journalist have a significant influence on his research and this current book. It is a unique work in that it draws on critical theory combined with a current industry overview, and studies developments in both recent cinematic output and in popular telenovelas (as television soap operas are called in Latin America). This is all combined with close textual analysis. The volume is divided into four sections and an appendix. Each section is discrete, because the book draws together film and television from a particular period that may have some thematic commonality, but also displays considerable differences. In many ways it is an unusual text for an academic monograph because it incorporates what he calls ``Jump Cuts''; that is, journalistic pieces originally published in Sight & Sound and Film
Hispanic Review – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Feb 25, 2016
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