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Josué Negrón Prof. Tejada English 1102-A 23 November 2009 Spanish Cinema Most of the world’s well-known films are made in Hollywood, California. Across the globe, everyone is familiar with American films, and these films have made an impact on worldwide cultures. Along with influencing the minds and mannerisms of people in foreign countries, American films have also influenced foreign film industries. Some foreign film industries, such as those of Latin America and Mexico, have been in the shadows; however, in recent years they have begun to emerge into the mainstream cultures of many countries worldwide. Their films have developed over time, and now they are very respectable in the international film industry, with many Spanish directors becoming famous and moving into Hollywood. In recent years, Latin American cinema has been gaining attention from the rest of the world and is emerging into the international film industry. Films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Maria Full of Grace have received international acclaim and recognition, and Latino filmmakers such as Robert Rodriguez, who is known for the Mariachi trilogy and the Spy Kids films, and Guillermo del Toro, known for the Hellboy films and Pan’s Labyrinth , have achieved incredible success. The most popular and well-known films from Latin America hail from Mexico, which has a rich history of film from the 1940s and 1950s. That era of cinema was known as the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, and one of the
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Negron 2 most well-known stars of the era is Dolores del Río, whose good looks and international appeal gave her the nickname “the Princess of Mexico” (Head). Mexican cinema started out in the beginning of the 20 th century as another medium to cover the ongoing Mexican Revolution happening at the time. During the revolution, most of the commercial films in Mexico were silent films or propaganda films, and the earliest films (which were American imports such as The Sneeze ) were viewed using Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope. By the time the revolution was over in 1920, silent films were still dominant in Mexican theatres, although few films were produced due to the political tension during the revolution’s aftermath. After tensions were eased and sound was introduced to films shortly after, a new era of cinema was introduced. From the mid 1930 to the late 1950s, Mexico experienced its “Golden Age”
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