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The Hispanic Image in Hollywood

A Postcolonial Approach

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Jorge Barrueto

The Hispanic Image in Hollywood: A Postcolonial Approach offers an in-depth analysis of how Hispanics are represented in American cinema. Film production is a reflection of American historical processes that have defined Hispanics and American mainstream identity as oppositional forces in the domestic political establishment. Hispanic difference, as depicted in film, is understood as the by-product of Western philosophy, Western science, territorial expansion, colonialism and American nation building, wherein Hispanics have been identified as the antithetical, ubiquitous Other. More precisely, specific Hollywood films not only mirror American history but also a variety of political discourses that have defined Hispanic identity. Thematic categories of American history used to construct Hispanics reflect, in many ways, a deep-rooted, Eurocentric, colonial worldview. As the research of this book clearly shows, film depictions of Hispanics have created negative visual taxonomies based on gender, race, and class.

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Acknowledgments.......................................................................................... ix Introduction..................................................................................................... 1 Chapter One: The Making of Tony Montana................................................ 17 Phenotypes, Violence and Fetishism...................................................... 19 Pathology, Immigration and Paranoia .................................................... 30 The Spectacle of Hispanic Gangsters ..................................................... 40 Chapter Two: Hotel Maid in Manhattan ....................................................... 49 Exoticism, Temptation and Miscegenation ............................................ 52 The Tarzan Syndrome and the Triple Bind ............................................ 61 Melodrama, Patriarchy and the Savage Mind ........................................ 69 Chapter Three: Latin American Geography in the Movies........................... 81 Antipodal Lands and Modern Hagiographies......................................... 82 Geography as History: Science and Geographic Determinism .............. 90 Maps, Missions and Gold ..................................................................... 102 Chapter Four: Cinematic Humor and Difference........................................ 121 Dictatorships, Sex and Political Corruption ......................................... 123 Banana Republics and De-legitimating Political Change..................... 133 The Mastery of the North ..................................................................... 139 Chapter Five: Contestation of the Colonial Past ......................................... 151 Marianism, Guilt and Traditions .......................................................... 155 Education, Economics and Integration: The Tools of Freedom........... 162 Notes ........................................................................................................... 171 Bibliography ............................................................................................... 189 Index ........................................................................................................... 203

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