Portugal's Global Cinema: Industry, History and Culture

Mariana Liz
Bloomsbury Publishing, 30 nov. 2017 - 304 pages
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Portuguese cinema has become increasingly prominent on the international film festival circuit, proving the country's size belies its cultural impact. From the prestige of directors Manoel de Oliveira, Pedro Costa and Miguel Gomes, to box-office hit La Cage Doree, aspects of Portuguese national cinema are widely visible although the output is comparatively small compared to European players like the UK, Germany and France. Considering this strange discrepancy prompts the question: how can Portuguese cinema be characterised and thought about in a global context?
Accumulating expertise from an international group of scholars, this book investigates the shifting significance of the nation, Europe and the globe for the way in which Portuguese film is managed on the international stage. Chapters argue that film industry professionals and artisans must navigate complex globalised systems that inform their filmmaking decisions. Expectations from multi-cultural audiences, as well as demands from business investors and the criteria for critical accolades put pressure on Portuguese cinema to negotiate, for example, how far to retain national identities on screen and how to interact with `popular' and `art' film tropes and labels. Exploring themes typical of Portuguese visual culture - including social exclusion and unemployment, issues of realism and authenticity, and addressing Portugal's postcolonial status - this book is a valuable study of interest to the ever-growing number of scholars looking outside the usual canons of European cinema, and those researching the ongoing implications of national cinema's global networks.

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Table des matières

Framing the Global Appeal of Contemporary Portuguese Cinema
Documentary and the Emplotments of the Carnation Revolution
Between the Filming of the Real and the Reality of Filming
3 Political Oliveira
Geopolitics and the Human Condition in Manoel de Oliveiras Films
Stories of a Singer and Tales of a National Cinema
A FrancoPortuguese Comedy of Integration
7 Cinema and the City in European Portugal
The Cinema of Teresa Villaverde
Territory Littoral City and Memory Bridge
The White Womans Burden in Pedro Costas Down to Earth
Portugal Critically Reviewing the Colonial Past?
13 Colonialism as Fantastic Realism in Tabu
Rescue and Expansion

8 Contextualizing Pedro Costas Digital Filmmaking

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À propos de l'auteur (2017)

Mariana Liz is a Research Fellow at ICS-ULisboa, in Portugal. She is the author of Euro-Visions: Europe in Contemporary Cinema (2016) and co-editor of Women's Cinema in Contemporary Portugal (2020) and The Europeanness of European Cinema: Identity, Meaning, Globalization (2015).

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