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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.


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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.


    1. keri na yan ‘nay. international pa rin naman (kahit nakahiga). pero in fairness, medyo na-disturb ako sa anggulo talaga. kailangang pa-ahunin ang lola mo lalo na sa mga panahon na ito!

  1. The Filipino musicality has long been recognized by the world (see Lea Salonga and Charice), but not the case for cinema especially our brand of acting, which is hysterical and very wordy. What Nora Aunor did with the awards from CNN and Golden Planet and nods from Berlin and Cannes, is a very remarkable achievement of its own because of how difficult it is for Filipino films to be taken seriously by cineastes around the world especially with the dominance of Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese cinema in Asia. Kudos to Nora Aunor and Ishmael Bernal

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