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By M. MacLaird

Comparing a extensive choice of Mexican motion pictures made from the early Nineteen Nineties to the current, this learn examines how creation equipment, viewers demographics, and aesthetic techniques have replaced in the course of the prior 20 years and the way those alterations relate to the country's transitions to a democratic political procedure and a free-market economic system.

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Yet it would be cynical, and dangerously disempowering, to view the mobilization of civil society in Mexico purely as a mechanism of conservative political–economic power. 10 We can see two examples within the film industry of how civic participation has influenced policy and the democratization of state institutions: the work on behalf of the film community to change legislation and IMCINE’s internal reform. INDUSTRY AND POLICY 43 Both Lay Arellano (2005; 2009) and Gómez García (2005) point to the film community’s influence over the revision of Salinas’s 1992 LFC as an important manifestation of an overall democratic opening in Mexico.

As previously mentioned, the success of the films presents an argument for the interdependence of these two elements—which are designated as antithetical by IMCINE’s division of funding. For Smith, Bordieu’s notion of habitus explains the reaffirmation of economic alignments, making artistic freedom appear to be both the result of nonstate production and the route to profitability. The correlation of concepts is not spontaneous and organic, but is naturalized through its concurrence. ” 42 AESTHETICS AND POLITICS In his 2005 definition of postindustrial Mexican cinema, Juan Carlos Vargas comments that there are four aspects of the industry that have kept it afloat despite its economic decline since the Salinas years: Government support through the Mexican Film Institute [which acts as] coproducer and point of contact for securing financing, as well as channels of distribution and promotion; .

Paul Julian Smith notes a certain INDUSTRY AND POLICY 41 displacement of nation-legitimizing onto private film productions, as he explains the elements of informal transatlantic coproduction in Amores perros and Y tu mamá también. While films financed privately with transnational capital are not required to adhere to the strict cultural protectionism of coproduction between nation-states, they seem to adopt an unofficial cultural policy. Smith’s example is that in both films, the roles of the Spanish actresses are “spectacularly visible” and yet “covertly undercut in the narrative,” following that the “fetish of Europeanness stands in for a globalization of the audiovisual industries which cannot be directly represented in films whose claim to authenticity is based on national specificity” (2003b, 398).

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