Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media

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Promoting Analytical and Critical Viewing
Clara E. RodríguezThere are many ways of viewing. The material in this chapter will help readers--that is, viewers--both to become more aware of how they view films, videos, and television programs and to develop new ways of viewing. To explore the distinction between critical and uncritical viewing, ask yourself the following questions with regard to a film or TV program you have viewed:
1. Who is telling this story?
2. Given the perspective of the camera, which characters does the director want us to follow? With whom do you identify? Why?
3. Can you imagine the world of the film as seen by characters who are denied a point of view in this film? Can you develop an alternative scenario around the point(s) of view of characters who function as peripheral, almost invisible, reactors to the central characters, for example, butlers, maids, waitresses, bartenders, cab drivers, and anonymous victims?
4. Where else could the camera go?
5. Who else could tell us stories?
6. What stories have not been told yet?
7. Can you provide a socioeconomic profile of the typical hero in coming-of-age films? Can you think of an example of such a hero who is not a White, upper- middle-class, suburban male between fourteen and twenty-one years old? Have you observed other types of people in other situations come of age in the United States? Have you seen their stories in movies?
8. How are the answers to these questions related to who the directors, writers, producers are? to the tenor of the times? to the current fads? to the audience with the most money to spend?

These questions, which were developed by Graham ( 1995), help us as viewers sharpen our understanding of films, their impact, and how they elicit the reactions

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 11
  • Part One - Latinos on Television and in the News: Absent or Misrepresented 13
  • Notes 19
  • 1: Out of the Picture 21
  • 2 - Hispanic Voices: is the Press Listening? 36
  • Notes 53
  • 3: Distorted Reality 57
  • Part Two - The Silver Screen: Stories and Stereotypes 73
  • Notes 79
  • 4: Visual Retrospective 80
  • 5: Citizen Chicano 85
  • 6 - Stereotyping in Films in General and of the Hispanic in Particular 104
  • References 119
  • 7 - Chicanas in Film: History of an Image 121
  • Notes 139
  • 8: From Assimilation to Annihilation 142
  • 9: West Side Story 164
  • 10: Keeping It Reel? Films of the 1980s and 1990s 180
  • Part Three - Creating Alternative Images: The Others" Present Themselves" 185
  • 11 - From the Margin to the Center: Puerto Rican Cinema in New York 188
  • Notes 199
  • 12: Unofficial Stories 200
  • 13: Type and Stereotype 214
  • 14 - Two Film Reviews: My Family/Mi Familia and the Perez Family 221
  • 15 - Hispanic-Oriented Media 225
  • Notes 236
  • References 236
  • Part Four - Strategies for Change 239
  • 16 - Promoting Analytical and Critical Viewing 240
  • Notes 247
  • Notes 250
  • Notes 253
  • 17 - Questions and Reflections About the Reading in This Book 254
  • 18: What We Can Do 261
  • References 271
  • About-The Book, and Editor 275
  • About the Contributors 277
  • Index 279
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