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Title: Social practices of modernity : cinema-going in Buenos Aires and Santiago, 1915-1945
Author: Gatica Mizala, C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8503 0734
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis examines ideas of modernity that emerged through the practice of going to the movies in Santiago and Buenos Aires between 1915 and 1945. Cinema not only constituted a modern form of entertainment, but also a modern technology in itself, which prompted debates and ideas on modernity and how to be modern. Cinema magazines provided a space where both audiences and cinema entrepreneurs could discuss their love of cinema, as well as relate to the modern character of the medium. The years that frame this study cover an evolution in cinema both as technology and entertainment; a process of modernization in Santiago and Buenos Aires; as well as a period when several cinema magazines were being published in the two cities. The thesis uses a comparative approach, which allows me to consider the different ways in which cinema was viewed as a vehicle for modernization, as well as a modern activity in itself. Each city appropriated cinema as entertainment in different ways, which in turn had an impact on ideas of what it meant to be modern. Moreover, a transnational character arises from the mutual exchange that the two capitals had through the press and specialised media. These methodological approaches allow me to illuminate the experiences of the audiences in both cities instead of the films, understanding the ways in which cinema was incorporated in the everyday life of santiaguinos and porteños in a modern context. The thesis is organised thematically, according to the main topics addressed by the cinema magazines: architecture and technology, issues of censorship, attendance and behaviour, and language. With this research I hope to contribute to both the comparative history of cinema and to understanding ideas about modernity in Latin America.
Supervisor: Miller, N. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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