History, Theory and Film Criticism (1899-2009)
Edited by Juan Guardiola
During the second half of the 20th century, the Filipino film industry was the third largest in terms of production, after the United States and India. But its history began back in 1897, with the presentation of the cinematograph projector in Manila, one year before the Spanish-American war that would bring the end of Spanish domination. The new colonial power, the influence of the incipient Hollywood industry and the arrival of sound were some of the main reasons that the initial Spanish mark in Filipino film became diffuse.
While the relationship between Spain and the cinemas of Latin America has remained active, fluid and persistent, this has not been the case in the Philippines. The result is considerable ignorance regarding Filipino cinema, so close in its beginnings and yet so distant today.
This book brings together a series of essays about film in the Philippines that address questions such as history, theory and film criticism. Comprised of both new texts and reedited texts, this compilation makes reference not only to the canonical narrative of film as industry and entertainment culture, but also to other, more alternative audiovisual practices, such as independent film, auteur documentaries, experimental film and video creation.
This publication is intended not just to fill the empty space in the Spanish-language bibliography on the subject, but also to serve as a cognitive instrument for students and researchers, as well as for all Spanish and English speakers (it is a bilingual edition) who are interested in the cinema of the Philippines. Autores / Contributors: Juan Guardiola (ed.), Agustín L. Sotto, Joel David, Nick Deocampo, Patrick D. Flores, Gloria Fernández, Rolando B. Tolentino, Joselina Cruz, J.H. Estrada.