Slick grit: auteurship versus mimicry in three films by Francisco Lombardi
Abstract:This article argues that contemporary Latin American cinema offers a new slant on the traditional notion of auteurship since it combines a gritty view of life with a slick cinematographic vision, and the work of the Peruvian film director, Francisco Lombardi (b. 1949) is used as a test case to probe this hypothesis. Lombardi's work offers a particularly interesting field within which to investigate the applicability of the notion of auteurship because a number of his films are based on literary classics, namely La ciudad y los perros (1985), Pantalen y las visitadoras (1999), both based on novels by Mario Vargas Llosa, and No se lo digas a nadie (1998), which is inspired by Jaime Bayly's novel of the same title. The article sets out, by a process of filmic subtraction, to measure the originality of Lombardi's vision as compared to the world-view expressed within each of the novels.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University College London.
Publication date: December 1, 2005
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