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The Cinema of Raúl RuizImpossible Cartographies$
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Michael Goddard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167314

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167314.001.0001

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Ruiz’s Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s

Ruiz’s Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s

(p.9) Chapter One Ruiz’s Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s
The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz

Michael Goddard

Columbia University Press

This chapter studies Raúl Ruiz's cinema in the period leading up to and during the Allende socialist government in Chile, in context of the new Latin American cinema. Concerning the magical or social realism, Ruiz's films of this period can be seen as a micropolitical cartography of social gestures and behaviors, in relation to but critical of surrounding political and cinematic movements. After the Pinochet coup, Ruiz, like most of those working in Chilean cinema, was forced into exile—a condition that was treated in his first major film project, Diálogos de exiliados (Dialogues of Exiles, 1974). However, Ruiz soon embarked on an exploration of different styles, genres, and formats, producing both films of varying lengths and experimental television work. This enabled experimentation with visual and narrative rhetorics, increasingly distant from and critical of normative conceptions of political cinema.

Keywords:   Raúl Ruiz's cinema, Allende socialist government, Chile, Latin American cinema, micropolitical cartography, Pinochet coup, Chilean cinema, Dialogues of Exiles, political cinema

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