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Transnational Cinema Memory: Latin American Women Remembering Cinema-Going Across Borders

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Publication date2/03/2024
Host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Comparative New Cinema Histories
EditorsDaniela Treveri Gennari, Lies Van de Vijver, Pierluigi Ercole
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (electronic)9783031387890
ISBN (print)9783031387883, 9783031387913
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This chapter argues for the centrality of cinema memory and qualitative methods in the study of comparative cinema histories,particularly in relation to gendered and transnational aspects that are often invisible in big-scale, quantitative data collections. Todo so, the chapter discusses a research project exploring the affective and transcultural knowledge offered by migrant cinemamemory, looking at the experiences of movie-going of an intergenerational group of Latin American women living in Barcelonaand Milan. Following a biographical and comparative design, the study elicited memories of cinema-going across different countries, historical periods, and cultures, while a reflexive and feminist approach to the interview method ensured theharmonisation of comparisons. To further demonstrate the productivity of this framework, the second part of the chapter offers athematic analysis of extracts discussing the different types of cinematic venues— cines de barrio (neighbour theatres), cines del centro (cinemas of the centre), cine clubs cinematheques, and the multiplex—recurring in the memories of the interviewees.