Borderland Films: American Cinema, Mexico, and Canada during by Dominique Brégent-Heald

By Dominique Brégent-Heald

The proposal of North American borderlands within the cultural mind's eye fluctuated enormously in the course of the innovative period because it used to be tormented by equally altering strategies of identification and geopolitical matters inspired by way of the Mexican Revolution and the 1st global warfare. Such shifts grew to become specially obvious in movies set alongside the Mexican and Canadian borders as filmmakers explored how those adjustments concurrently represented and encouraged perspectives of society at large.

Borderland Films examines the intersection of North American borderlands and tradition as portrayed via early twentieth-century cinema. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of movies, Dominique Brégent-Heald investigates the importance of nationwide borders; the ever-changing recommendations of race, gender, and enforced barriers; the racialized rules of criminal activity that painted the borderlands as harmful and short of keep watch over; and the wars that confirmed how foreign clash considerably prompted the us’ family with its rapid friends. Borderland Films offers a clean standpoint on American cinematic, cultural, and political historical past and on how cinema contributed to the institution of societal narratives within the early 20th century.

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