A Study of the Invisible Art Form and Interviews with Women Screenwriters
The Story of the Mexican Screenplay focuses on a general historical investigation of the Mexican screenplay, specifically on women’s screenwriting. In addition to screenplay analysis, the interviews with women screenwriters are revealing of various cultural issues such as gender discrimination in the work place, political censorship, collective screenwriting, and collaboration among writers, and with the director. These topics explain, in part, the double marginalization of female screenwriting in Mexico.
Chapter Six. Melodrama and The Realm of Fortune: Interview with Paz Alicia Garciadiego
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Melodrama and The Realm of Fortune
Interview with Paz Alicia Garciadiego
Considered by many as one of the most prominent Latin American contemporary women screenwriters, Paz Alicia Garciadiego was born in Mexico City in 1949. She studied literature at the prestigious National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and launched her career by writing for radio and television. In the mid-1980s, she met her work and life partner, Mexican film director Arturo Ripstein. She has written numerous screenplays for Ripstein since they started working together. She has produced several stories of her own and she has also adapted literary works from Rulfo, Mahfouz, Maupassant, García Márquez, and Séneca. Garciadiego revisits the universe of Arcady Boytler and Leonard Kastle, and explores the melodrama, which she effectively blends with the criminal narrative, tragedy, and dark comedy. Garciadiego is considered a fine neo-realist of urban film narrative, and Mexico City is the great canvas on which she creates the masterful coarse dialogues that have brought her fame and recognition.
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