Cuban Film Media, Late Socialism, and the Public Sphere - Balaisis, Nicholas
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This book maps the aesthetic experience of late socialism through Cuban film and media practice. It shows how economic and material scarcity as well as political uncertainty is expressed aesthetically in films from the period following the collapse of the Soviet Union, a characteristic described as imperfect aesthetics . The films examined in the book draw attention to the unique temporal experience of late socialism, a period marked both by rapid change and frustrating stasis, nostalgia for Cuba's past and anxiousness about its future. Aesthetic modes such as melodrama and irony, and…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book maps the aesthetic experience of late socialism through Cuban film and media practice. It shows how economic and material scarcity as well as political uncertainty is expressed aesthetically in films from the period following the collapse of the Soviet Union, a characteristic described as imperfect aesthetics . The films examined in the book draw attention to the unique temporal experience of late socialism, a period marked both by rapid change and frustrating stasis, nostalgia for Cuba's past and anxiousness about its future. Aesthetic modes such as melodrama and irony, and stylistic elements such as direct address and the long take, communicate the temporal experience of late socialism in Cuba, where new global traffic and a globalizing economy co-exist with iconic socialist features of the Cuban revolution. Film aesthetics constitute an important public dimension within this context, serving as a site of political and cultural critique amidst political uncertainty. In examining large-scale international co-productions as well as regional film collectives and amateur media making, the book traces the aesthetic continuities between contemporary film practices and those of the immediate post-revolutionary period, showing how the Cuban revolution continues to be an important touchstone for contemporary Cuban filmmakers in the face of new and imminent change.
  • Produktdetails
  • Global Cinema
  • Verlag: Springer Palgrave Macmillan; Palgrave Macmillan Us
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 978-1-137-59036-7
  • 1st ed. 2016
  • Erscheinungstermin: Januar 2017
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 216mm x 153mm x 16mm
  • ISBN-13: 9781137590367
  • ISBN-10: 113759036X
  • Artikelnr.: 45457818
Autorenporträt
Nicholas Balaisis is a postdoctoral fellow at the Critical Media Lab, Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His work has been published in such journals as Cinema Journal, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Cineaction, and Public: Art, Culture, Ideas.
Inhaltsangabe
Acknowledgments List of Figures Chapter 1. Imperfect Cinema and Making Do Chapter 2. Late Socialism, the Special Period, and Film and Media Practice Chapter 3. Mourning the Revolution: Melodrama and Temporality in Late Socialist Narrative Cinema Chapter 4. Localizing the Global: Transnational Filmmaking at EICTV Chapter 5. Negotiated Endurance: Rural Film Production and Improvised Cinema at Televisión Serrana Chapter 6. One Must Invent: Tactical Aesthetics and Imperfect Design Chapter 7. Afterward