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Mock ClassicismLatin American Film Comedy, 1930-1960$
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Nilo Couret

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520296848

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520296848.001.0001

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Comedy Circulates Circuitously

Comedy Circulates Circuitously

Toward an Odographic Film History of Latin America

(p.192) Chapter 5 Comedy Circulates Circuitously
Mock Classicism

Nilo Couret

University of California Press

This examines the international production and distribution networks in Latin America in order to argue for the cinemas of the Golden Age period beyond national frameworks. The identification of networks of film and media exchange prior to the 1960s challenges the diffusionist and center/periphery models that overdetermine understandings of cinema in the period. This chapter considers the circulation of/in Mexican, Argentine, and Brazilian comedies in order to engage with the concept of circulation in multiple ways, relating film as narrative, film as commodity, and film as spatial practice or architectonics. Circulation invites us to ask why do certain things travel? How quickly? How far? How long? This would mean writing a film history that considers how the circulation of cultural forms and the forms of circulation produce the region in an odographic turn. The unevenness and variability of intra-continental distribution mock classicism, not in necessarily a resistant practice in the mold of European modernism but through a different form of territorialization dictated by the horizon of reception. This (de)territorialization occurs courtesy of techniques that control or reconfigure time and space, that is, techniques of circulation.

Keywords:   distribution, circulation, odography, intra-continental, reception, territorialization

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