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Historical stasis: Solanas and the restoration of political film after the 2001 Argentine crisis

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This article argues that Fernando Solanas's documentary production in the wake of the 2001 Argentine institutional crisis (especially his 2004 film Social Genocide Memoria del saqueo) should not be straightforwardly paired with his 1960s' film The Hour of the Furnaces, nor to the project of Third Cinema as it was fostered by Solanas' and Getino's theorization of the relationship between cinematic practice and national liberation. Close comparative examination points to a series of differences in the rhetorical structure of the films as well as in the political proposals at stake. Among the most important differences is the way each film relates to and constructs a historical sequence. This methodological transformation in the narration of history accounts for a radically different conceptualization of agency and the role of the subject, which conflicts with recent statements on the return of the political to Latin America.
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Keywords: Argentine politics; Fernando Solanas; Social Genocide; The Hour of the Furnaces; Third Cinema; documentary

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Queen's University, Canada. 2: Tulane University, USA.

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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