March 24, 2010

Diego Congrains, Thesis

Contemporary Third CInema

The film critics in Latin America are recently new compared to the critics in the United States. The irrelevance in creating a culture on film after several dictatorships, the censorship in the literature, and the new ideologies in the young democracy of the southern counties. Delayed a concise study of a true culture of film. The academic scholars sadly have labeled every Latin American film as style “Third Cinema”  which is linked to be poor in quality. When the Latino filmmakers focus their effort to produce a piece of art on a celluloid, rather just mere product for entertainment. An example is The Motorcycle Diary , a film that portrays the face of Latin America in multiple aspects.

In terms of the narration, the film tells about Ernesto Guevara also knows as  “El Che”, hero or revolutionary man. Guevara become a symbol for a revolution in Latin America.  In terms of production the cast of the film unified actors and actresses from different nationalities. This production offers a clear portrait of South America. Also, the film humanizes the figure of “El  Che”, his origin as individual, whose goal at the beginning of the film is cure the body of ill people, instead his goal shifted to cure the ill Latin America from the Capitalism.

The film The Motorcycle Diary is based on the original notes from  Alberto Granados’ and Ernesto Guevara’s journal. The source links us to the history of the Hispanic communities throughout half of the continent. The use of the film as expression is important in the mind-eyes of the spectator, and the film used as device is the emulsion that record the Hispanic past to the future generations. The Motorcycle Diary capsulate the both the expression and the practice of the film  to materialize the culture.

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