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Review TECSISTECATL Revista Académica de Ciencias Sociales de México

Year: 2014 vol. 11 n. 1

Epplin, Craig. Sound and space in La hora de los hornos/The Hour of the Furnaces.  / Sonido y espacio en La hora de los hornos/The Hour of the Furnaces p. 25-41 Argentina
Argentina / Hora de los hornos / Solanas y Getino / Left-Peronismo / Cine militante / Espacio
Siglo XX


This article offers a detailed reading of the connections between sound and space in the 1968 film La hora de los hornos/The Hour of the Furnaces. Extant explorations of sound in this film tend to highlight the strategies of juxtaposition and commentary on the image track. Building on this scholarship, I propose that three uses of sound in particular – the narrative voice-over, dissonance with the image, and semi-diegetic music – correspond to the spatial imperatives of the film: its desire to forge alliances among disparate groups scattered throughout national and international space. This strategy is coherent with the express desire for the filmic experience to become a militant act, an intervention in the class war of 1960s Argentina. I conclude by positing that sonic elements together present an alternative to the vision-centric bias of critiques of late capitalism’s dawn, something The Hour of the Furnaces shares with other representative films of same period in Latin America. Finally, I suggest that the analysis of sound in this film they highlights the sensorially embedded character of all filmic experience.

Pick, Zuzana. Reconfiguring gender and the representation of the Soldadera in the Mexican revolution film .  / Reconfiguración de género y representación de la Soldadera en la película Revolución Mexicana p. 75-90 México
José Bolaños / Matilde Landeta / Cine mexicano / Mujeres en las películas de la Revolución Mexicana
Siglo XX


In keeping with the meticulous enterprise of rewriting women’s history in Mexico, rescuing their stories and re-inscribing their identities, undertaken in the last two decades by cultural historians, feminist writers and film scholars, this article proposes a detailed analysis of the soldadera as a protagonist in La negra Angustias (The Black Angustias, Matilde Landeta, Mexico 1949) and La soldadera (The Camp Follower, José Bolaños, Mexico 1966). Whether portrayed as a combative mulatta colonel who takes charge of her destiny or a suffering fair-skinned bride-to-be doomed to drift aimlessly, she is restored to history. Although the directors draw on existing depictions of the archetypal female of Mexican war culture and revolution, their films reveal how the identity and social reality of their characters have been shaped by discrimination and misogyny.

Studies in Spanish & Latin-American cinemas
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Print ISSN: 2050-4837
Online ISSN: 2050-4845
Year of creation: 2013

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Formerly published as Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, 2004-2013, the journal is dedicated to the study of Spanish-speaking and Latin American cinemas. Coverage includes the cinemas of Spain and Spanish-speaking South, Central and North America, including the Caribbean, and Brazil. Our target readership includes students, teachers and scholars. The double-blind peer-reviewed journal is written in English to maximize the opportunities for contact between academic disciplines such as Media, Film Studies, Latin American and Post- colonial Studies, as well as Hispanic Studies, thereby encouraging an inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary focus.

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