Mexico City on film: the actor, the protagonist

Wed 13 Jun 2018

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In cinema, Mexico City could be seen as a protagonist in its own right. As a central subject of many films, it has been given various roles throughout the history of cinema.

Through film we can also analyse the city’s transformation. Mexican-born, Melbourne-based film scholars Antonio González and César Albarrán-Torres will explore the evolution of urban space and how it has been portrayed by a myriad of Mexican filmmakers, as well as by international contemporary artists. Illustrated with a range of examples by directors such as Luis Buñel, Alfonso Cuaron, Maria Novaro or Guillermo del Toro, the talk will focus on the tension between tradition and (post)modernity, social struggles and political upheaval, global cultural forces and local identity.


Antonio González is an Associate Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is also an Associate Researcher in the History Division at the Center for Researching and Teaching Economics in Mexico City. He has published articles on Alfonso Cuarón, the Cannes Film Festival and his book, A brief history of experimental cinema was published in 2012.

César Albarrán-Torres is lecturer in Media and Communication at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne), where he teaches in the Cinema and Screen Studies program. He has been widely published in academic and non-academic titles as a film and literary critic, author and translator. He is the editor of the journal Senses of Cinema. His book Digital Gambling: Theorizing Gamble-Play Media was published by Routledge in 2018.

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