The Lost Cinema of Mexico

From Lucha Libre to Cine Familiar and Other Churros

The Lost Cinema of Mexico challenges the dismissal of Mexican filmmaking during the 1960s through 1980s, an era long considered a low-budget departure from the artistic quality and international acclaim of the nation’s earlier Golden Age. Co-edited by Olivia C. Cosentino, AB ’14, with Brian Price, it examines the critical implications of discovering, uncovering and recovering forgotten or ignored films.             

This largely unexamined era of film reveals shifts in Mexican culture, economics and societal norms as state-sponsored revolutionary nationalism faltered. During this time, movies were widely embraced by the public as a way to make sense of the rapidly changing realities and values connected to Mexico’s modernization. Redefining a time usually seen as a cinematic “crisis,” this volume offers a new model of the film auteur shaped by productive tension between highbrow aesthetics, industry shortages, and national audiences. It also traces connections from these Mexican films to Latinx, Latin American, and Hollywood cinema at large.   

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