Faculty Book: Paul Julian Smith

Paul Julian Smith

Mexican Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television
(Polity Press, 2014)
Mexican cinema is booming, displaying a range from art films to popular genre movies, and boasting internationally renowned directors. At the same time, television has broadened its output, moving beyond telenovelas to produce higher-value series and miniseries; Mexican TV now stakes a claim to being the most dynamic and pervasive national narrative. Smith’s book is the first to examine the flourishing of audiovisual fiction in Mexico since 2000, considering cinema and TV together. It covers much material previously unexplored and engages with emerging themes, including violence, youth culture, and film festivals. The book includes reviews of ten films released between 2001 and 2012 by directors who are both established and new. An appendix includes the author’s interviews with five audiovisual professionals: a feature director, a festival director, an exhibitor, a producer, and a TV screenwriter. Paul Julian Smith is a distinguished professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAR 19, 2014

Category: Faculty Books | Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures