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Free Content El secreto de sus ojos: An Argentine male melodrama

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The award-winning film, El secreto de sus ojos (2009), by Campanella, has been studied as a film dealing with the impunity of the most recent Argentine military dictatorship (1976–1983). In this article, I consider El secreto as a melodrama in which male characters are ruled by their feelings. I focus on the leading actor, Ricardo Darín who, in his role as Benjamín Espósito, can be characterized as a fallen man, as he suffers from a trauma that impinges on his emotions, inner circle and ability to perform in the public sphere.

Keywords: Ricardo Darín; fallen men; male hegemony; male melodrama; melancholia; romantic love; trauma

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Publication date: June 1, 2014

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