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FROM TINSELTOWN TO BORDERTOWN: LOS ANGELES ON FILM. Celestino Deleyto. Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 2017. Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media. 312 pp. with 41 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780814339855 In English.
Publisher's description: Los Angeles is a global metropolis whose history and social narrative is inextricably linked to its cinematic history. It appears on screen more than almost any city since Hollywood, its best known neighborhood, is home to the American film industry. Historically, conversations of social and racial homogeneity have dominated the construction of Los Angeles as a cosmopolitan city, with Hollywood films largely contributing to this image. At the same time, the city is also known for its steady immigration, social inequalities, and exclusionary urban practices, not dissimilar to any other borderland in the world. The Spanish names and sounds within the city are paradoxical in relation to the striking invisibility of its Hispanic residents at many economic, social, and political levels, given their vast numbers. Additionally, the impact of the 1992 Los Angeles riots left the city raw, yet brought about changing discourses and provided Hollywood with the opportunity to rebrand its hometown by projecting to the world a new image in which social uniformity is challenged by diversity. It is for this reason that author Celestino Deleyto decided to take a closer look at the ways in which the quintessential cinematic city contributes to the ongoing creation of its own representation on the screen.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 176970
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