Medellín at the Movies: Film Narrative and the Crisis of National Lettered Culture in Colombia
Arts and Humanities | Film and Media Studies | Latin American Languages and Societies | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature
In his “Medellín at the Movies: Film Narrative and the Crisis of National Lettered Culture in Colombia,” Corey Shouse Tourino theorizes on the decline of the mythical quasi-Athenian enlightened meritocracy that this South American nation’s elites claimed to have forged. Shouse Tourino employs a neo-Marxist postmodern approach to dissect three recent Colombian films: Víctor Gaviria’s Rodrigo D.: No futuro (Rodrigo D: No Future) and La vendedora de rosas (The Rose Vendor), as well as Barbet Schroeder’s movie version of Fernando Vallejo’s novel, La virgen de los sicarios (The Virgin of the Assassins). All three films focus on the marginalized denizens of Medellín, “a city sick with its own humanity,” according to the critic. Shouse Tourino’s meticulous analysis conveys in passing a devastating appraisal of Colombian society during the last decades of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. --From Jorge Febles’ “Introduction: Conceptualizing Differences through Cultural Analysis”
Shouse Tourino, Corey. “Medellín at the Movies: Film Narrative and the Crisis of National Lettered Culture in Colombia.” In Into the Mainstream: Essays on Spanish American and Latino Literature and Culture, edited by Jorge M. Febles, 126-141. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.