Picturing Argentina: Myths, Movies, and the Peronist Vision

by Currie K. Thompson


"Una recomendable monografía para aquellos que quieran profundizar en el cine y la Argentina de los dos primeros mandatos de Perón (1946–55) ... Thompson cita numerosas y relevantes fuentes a lo largo de todo el volumen, que servirán para apoyar sus argumentos, así como para ilustrar sus ejemplos." —Hispania

Picturing Argentina is an easy-to-read, extremely informative analysis of Argentine cinema in the 1933–1955 period. Despite the fact that Argentina was a major producer of film in this period, the existing scholarship on the subject is not extensive. There is nothing in print that is comparable to this work. The author has viewed some 509 movies, a number that must be very close to the total number of available films from the period, and he discusses most of them. As a result, this book has an encyclopedic quality. The book’s thoroughness–both in terms of the films it considers and the bibliography with which it engages–as well as the clarity of its prose is impressive. It will be an invaluable resource for film scholars and cultural historians.” – Matthew B. Karush, George Mason University, and author of Culture of Class: Radio and Cinema in the Making of a Divided Argentina, 1920–1946

“Elegantly written and argued, Thompson’s Picturing Argentina offers the reader a lively mosaic of the ‘clashing and intersecting’ ideological practices and myths offered by Argentine cinema during the first Peronist government, 1943-1955. Deploying his encyclopedic knowledge of Argentina cinema and culture, Thompson traces the complex ways that the cinema reflected, refracted, and even countered the social and political common sense of the period. At once social history and film analysis, this will be a most welcomed addition to the Latin American film studies book shelf.” – Ana López, Tulane University

“This well-researched study offers a fresh and much needed angle on gender representations in Argentine film during Peronism. Thompson excels at analyzing numerous films that have not received much attention. This compelling monograph opens new paths for the analysis of Argentine film production and is essential for Latin Americanists.” – Carolina Rocha, author of Masculinities in Contemporary Argentine Popular Cinema

Picturing Argentina is a much-needed and carefully researched history of film production and social and cultural influences on Argentine cinema from the thirties to the sixties. For those who know Argentinian cinema primarily from the 1980s and thereafter, Thompson's erudition opens new ways in to important areas of investigation. This study will be beneficial to anyone interested in Latin American cinema while providing essential background for understanding one of the world's major film traditions.” – Gerald Duchovnay, general editor, Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities


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