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SN3111 Contemporary Mexican Cinema

2018-9 Term 1

Convenor: Jessica Wax-Edwards


Formative Coursework (0%): an essay plan on one of the primary texts we are studying (not to be repeated in the summative coursework).

Summative Coursework:

(20%) Assessment Student Presentation in class.

(80%) Extended Essay in English (3,000 – 3, 500).


On this course students will learn how to identify some of the traits of contemporary Mexican cinema, a period of filmmaking which has been recognised as one of the most fruitful in cinematic history. The films selected for analysis on this course will be examined within the context of contemporary Mexico: an era rife with socio-political unrest. We will learn how political corruption, social violence and the recent Drug Wars have shaped the narratives of the films we will explore, and how these issues have dictated the emergence of new filmic genres. Students will learn about how youth culture and its manifestations are explored in film and will be able to place the films studied in their socio-historic contexts. We will explore how films act as a reflective device by filmmakers to expose social concerns and changes. Ultimately this course will introduce students to the work of one of the most influential and productive film industries in the world. All films studied on this course are subtitled.

Set Filmic Texts on the Course (in the order they will be studied):

•          La ley de Herodes, (1999) dir. Luis Estrada

•          Colosio: El asesinato (2012) dir. Carlos Bolado

•          El violin (2005)) dir. Francisco Vargas

•          El infierno (2010) Luis Estrada

•          Heli (2013) Amat Escalante

•          Amores perros (2000) dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu 

•          Y tu mamá también (2001) dir. Alfonso Cuarón

•          Después de Lucía (2012) dir. Michel Franco


Secondary Literature: General, Theoretical, Introductory

Antonio Paranaua, P, Mexican Cinema (translated by Ana López)., London: British Film Institute, 1995.

Ayala Blanco, Jorge, La aventura del cine mexicano (1931-1967), Mexico City: Posada, 1985.

Ayala Blanco, Jorge, La eficacia del cine mexicano: entre lo viejo y lo nuevo, Mexico City:Girjalbo,1994. (

Ayala Blanco, Jorge, La fugacidad del cine mexicano, Mexico City: Editorial Oceano, 2001.

Buñuel: una mirada del siglo XX: Feliz centenario y Buñuel mexicano, el ciclo. México: Conaculta, 2000.

Consandaey, Mikelle (ed.,) 100 Years of Filmmaking in New Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, 1998.

Carlos Salinas de Gortari: el hombre que quiso ser rey / RTC, 1999. Founder’s Videos (NTSC videocassette)

Foster, David William, Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002.    

García Riera, Emilio, Breve historia del cine Mexicano: primer siglo 1897 – 1997. Jalisco: Mapa, 1998.

Hershfield, Joanna, Mexican Cinema / Mexican Woman 1940- 1950, University of Arizona Press, 1996.

Hershfield, Joanna and Maciel, David. R, (eds.,) Mexico’s Cinema: A Century of Film and Filmmakers, Wilmington: Scholarly Resources Inc, 1999.

King, John, Magical Reels: a History of Cinema in Latin America, London: Verson,  1990.

Medrano Platas, Alejandro, Quince directores del cine mexicano: entrevistas, México, D.F.: Plaza y Valdés, 1999.

Millan, Margara, Derivas de un cine en femenino. Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1999.

Monsivais, Carlos, Através del espejo: el cine mexicano y su público, Mexico: Ediciones El Milagro /IMCINE, 1994.

Mora, Carl. J, Mexican Cinema: Reflections of a Society, Berkeley, Los Angeles/ London: University of California Press, 1989.

Noriega, Chon. A, (ed.,) Chicanos and Film, University of Minnesota Press, 1992.)

Pettit, Arthur G, Images of the Mexican American in fiction and film, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, c1980.

Pilcher, Jeffrey. M, Cantiflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity, Scholarly Resources, 2000.

Ramirez Berg, C, Cinema of Solitude: a Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983. Austin: Texas University Press, 1992.

Torrans, Thomas. The magic curtain : the Mexican-American border in fiction, film and song. Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press, 2002.

Tuñon, Julia, Mujeres de luz y sombra en el cine mexicano: la construcción de una imagen (1939 – 1952) Mexico: Colegio de México, 1998.



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