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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Celestino Deleyto

Publication Year: 2010

This in-depth study of Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu explores his role in moving Mexican filmmaking from a traditional nationalist agenda toward a more global focus. Working in the United States and in Mexico, Inarritu crosses national borders while his movies break the barriers of distribution, production, narration, and style. His features also experiment with transnational identity as characters emigrate and settings change. In studying the international scope of Inarritu's influential films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, Celestino Deleyto and Maria del Mar Azcona trace common themes such as human suffering and redemption, chance, and accidental encounters. The authors also analyze the director's powerful visual style and his consistent use of multiple characters and a fragmented narrative structure. The book concludes with a new interview of Inarritu that touches on the themes and subject matter of his chief works.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

Considered by many critics as a trilogy, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first three feature films have burst onto the scene of early-twenty-first-century cinema. Released at the dawn of the new century, Amores perros (2000) inaugurated one more renaissance of Mexican cinema and effortlessly inscribed itself within the parameters of global art cinema. ...

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Of Times and Places: The FIlms of Alejandro González Iñárritu

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pp. 1-120

In 21 Grams, sometime after the deaths of her husband and two daughters, Cristina (Naomi Watts) walks to the corner where they were run over by a truck and sits briefly on the curb, overwhelmed by grief (fig. 1). The film underscores the importance of the moment visually and acoustically: ...

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Interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu

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pp. 121-140

The following interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu took place in Barcelona on June 22, 2009, during a particularly busy period of postproduction for his film Biutiful and once we had finished writing our analysis of his work. In the course of the two-hour interview, the Mexican filmmaker answered our questions with generosity, ...

Filmography

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pp. 141-144

References

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pp. 145-150

Index

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pp. 151-153


E-ISBN-13: 9780252090110
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252035692

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Contemporary Film Directors

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  • González Iñárritu, Alejandro -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • González Iñárritu, Alejandro -- Interviews.
  • Motion picture producers and directors -- Mexico -- Interviews.
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