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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Celestino Deleyto
María del Mar Azcona
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 176
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    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    Book Description:

    This in-depth study of Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu explores his role in moving Mexican filmmaking from a traditional nationalist agenda toward a more global focus. Working in the United States and in Mexico, Inarritu crosses national borders while his movies break the barriers of distribution, production, narration, and style. His features also experiment with transnational identity as characters emigrate and settings change. In studying the international scope of Inarritu's influential films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, Celestino Deleyto and Mari­a del Mar Azcona trace common themes such as human suffering and redemption, chance, and accidental encounters. The authors also analyze the director's powerful visual style and his consistent use of multiple characters and a fragmented narrative structure. The book concludes with a new interview with Inarritu that touches on the themes and subject matter of his chief works.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09011-0
    Subjects: Film Studies, History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface and Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-xvi)
  4. Of Times and Places: The Films of Alejandro González Iñárritu
    (pp. 1-120)

    In21 Grams,sometime after the deaths of her husband and two daughters, Cristina (Naomi Watts) walks to the corner where they were run over by a truck and sits briefly on the curb, overwhelmed by grief (fig. 1). The film underscores the importance of the moment visually and acoustically: in the first shot of the sequence, a long take, the handheld camera follows the character along the street in a sustained close-up, circles around her when she reaches the spot, and nervously stands in front of her while she looks around as if lost. Two briefer shots show her...

  5. Interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu
    (pp. 121-140)

    The following interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu took place in Barcelona on June 22, 2009, during a particularly busy period of postproduction for his filmBiutifuland once we had finished writing our analysis of his work. In the course of the two-hour interview, the Mexican filmmaker answered our questions with generosity, kindness, depth, and intelligence, confirming in these and many other aspects that the unusual sophistication, compassion, and humanity that we have come to appreciate in his films are, at least in this case, an extension of the personality of their director. In the structure of the interview we...

  6. Filmography
    (pp. 141-144)
  7. References
    (pp. 145-150)
  8. Index
    (pp. 151-154)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 155-158)