Celestino Deleyto and María del Mar Azcona, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2010
This in-depth study of Mexican film director Alejandro González Iñárritu explores his role in moving Mexican filmmaking from a traditional nationalist agenda toward a more global focus. Working in the United States and in Mexico, Iñárritu crosses national borders while his movies break the barriers of distribution, production, narration, and style. His features also experiment with transnational identity as characters emigrate and settings change.
In studying the international scope of Iñárritu’s influential films Amores perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, Celestino Deleyto and María del Maz Azcona trace common themes such as human suffering and redemption, chance, and accidental encounters. The authors also analyze the director’s powerful visual style and his consistent use of multiple characters and a fragmented narrative structure. The book concludes with a new interview with Iñárritu that touches on the themes and subject matter of his chief works.
Table of Contents
Of Times and Places: The Films of Alejandro González Iñárritu
Down Mexico Way
Of Middles, Beginnings, and Endings
Human Spaces in a Shrinking World
Al otro lado
Interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu
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