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Review TECSISTECATL Revista Académica de Ciencias Sociales de México

Year: 2015 vol. 12 n. 2

Holmes, Amanda. Backstage pass to the city: The soundscape of Suite Habana.  / Paso entre bastidores a la ciudad: El paisaje sonoro de Suite Habana p. 123-137 Cuba
Película cubana / Cine latinoamericano / Documental / Diseño de sonido / Los estudios de sonido / Estudios Urbanos
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


The objective of this article is to underscore the significance of sound for the full appreciation of film through an analysis of the diegetic and non-diegetic sounds and music of Suite Habana/Havana Suite (2003), by Fernando Pérez, a film that has not yet been interpreted from this perspective. The soundscape of Suite Habana offers a compelling understanding of contemporary urban life and the political and cultural transformations that have occurred in Cuban society. From everyday sounds of cooking, cleaning and daily circulation through the city, to songs and compositions by well-known composers and performers, urban sounds in the film present a profound interpretation of the Cuban capital. Despite its similarities with the city symphony film genre of the 1920s, Suite Habana’s focus on the human side of the urban experience sets this film apart from these earlier examples. Drawing also from experimentation in documentary film in early Revolutionary Cuba, Pérez’s film carefully interweaves everyday sounds to highlight the materiality of urban life, while the incorporation of specific musical pieces and performers underscores the impact of historical changes for the island.

Marsh, Leslie L. Reordering (social) sensibilities: Balancing realisms in Neighbouring Sounds .  / Reordenación de sensibilidades (sociales): Equilibrio real en Neighbouring Sounds  p. 139-157 Brasil
Kleber Mendonça Filho / Sonidos vecinos / Realismo conceptual / Hiperreal / Hiporreal / Clase media en Brasil
Siglo XXI


This article treats the film O Som Ao Redor/Neighbouring Sounds (Mendonça Filho, 2012), one of the most innovative Brazilian films in recent years. The film is examined as an example of a Latin American film that renovates film form and contributes to new debates concerning conceptual and sensorial realism. The film intervenes at sensory thresholds, combining realist and surrealist strategies and a hypo-real soundscape to reflect on deep social disjunctions and an uncertain social landscape. Neighbouring Sounds appears to portray the everyday activities of residents in an upper-middle class neighbourhood in Recife but it subtly reveals feelings of ennui and fear to offer a broader reflection on tensions between interdependent social classes and debates concerning contemporary social transformation. In its reflection on changing social sensibilities, Neighbouring Sounds develops a particular aesthetic and political liminality and plays on tensions between the visible and invisible.

Newman, Kathleen. A different Mexican postcard: Fernando Eimbcke’s Lake Tahoe (2008) .  / Una postal mexicana diferente: Lake Tahoe (2008) de Fernando Eimbcke p. 159-174 México
Carlos Monsiváis / Fernando Eimbcke / Lago Tahoe / Tarjetas postales / Estética de pantalla
Siglo XXI


This article examines the ways in which the screen aesthetics of Fernando Eimbcke’s Lake Tahoe (2008) creates a sympathetic portrait of the contemporary middle class in Mexico. Considering first the deployment in Eimbcke’s work of the same critical closeness and distance underpinning the chronicles of distinguished Mexican writer Carlos Monsiváis, the article then analyses: Eimbcke’s formal style, which foregrounds a combination of static camerawork and narrative ellipsis to produce specific affective relations on-screen and an ironic address to the audience; his chronicle of the Mexican working and middle class in a beach town in the Yucatán; and the implications of the visual humour and nostalgia with which he approaches the protagonist’s process of mourning.

Smith, Paul Julian. Report on Morelia International Film Festival, 17–26 October 2014. p. 197-207 México
LGBT issues / Mexican film industry / Morelia International Film Festival / Aging / Slow cinema
Siglo XXI


This article reports on the twelfth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival, which took place from 17 to 26 October 2014. It begins by recounting the debates held at the Encuentro de Realizadores Mexicanos, an industry forum that gave voice to directors, archivists and critics from Mexico and beyond and focused on such questions as the divide between art movies and commercial cinema. The report goes on to analyse the Mexican fiction features shown at the festival, all national premieres. It argues that there were three main themes: LGBT issues, ageing and the reaction against the slow or observational cinema that was previously dominant at this and other festivals.

Studies in Spanish & Latin-American cinemas
Paper | Numerical version with subscription | Cuatrimestral | United Kingdom SLAC
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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