Classic Mexican Cinema Online

From the Archives of the Filmoteca of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

• Number of images: ca. 40,000 (full color)
• MARC21 catalog records are available
• Part of our ongoing series The History of Latin American Cinema
• Location of originals: Filmoteca, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Mexican cinema, from its beginnings in the late 1890s to its Golden Age (1930s to 1960), was consistently the largest and most important of all the Spanish-speaking countries. During its heyday, the Mexican film industry produced an average of one hundred films annually and supplied screen entertainment to both domestic audiences and international markets in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. The Golden Age of Mexican cinema is illuminated in this collection of popular movie periodicals. Not only does it include chief magazines such as Cinema Reporter (1943-1965) and Cine Mundial (1951-1955), it also features two extremely rare issues of El Cine Gráfico from 1935 and copies of the weekly El Mundo Ilustrado (1902-1910), an arts magazine that also contained notes on movies. The true extent of the popularity of Mexican film is illustrated by Cinelandia (1931-1947), which was published in Hollywood both in Spanish and in English. This collection also includes some fifty rare lobby cards, which were used to advertise a film. Finally, for the first time this collection gives access to the personal scrap book of Fernando de Fuentes (1894-1958), one of the leading Latin-American filmmakers to this day. It contains reviews, movie stills, programs, and advertisements, shedding a unique light on the career of this pioneering director.

The sources in this collection, heretofore only accessible in the archives of the Filmoteca de la UNAM in Mexico City, will be invaluable to researchers and students working on Film and Media Studies, Latin American Studies, and many other aspects of the historical, social, and political impact of cinema.

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Researchers and students in the fields of Film and Media Studies and Latin American Studies. Other areas include Cultural Studies, Art History, Social Sciences, and Gender Studies.
Carl J. Mora (Ph.d, 1978, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa) was born and raised in New York City. He taught film history at the University of New Mexico from 1990 until his retirement in 2010. Dr. Mora is author of Mexican Cinema: Reflections of a Society, 1896-2004, [3rd ed.] (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Publishers, 2005; 1st ed, 1982, 2nd ed, 1990 by University of California Press), the standard English-language reference on Mexican filmmaking. He has written on Mexican, Spanish, British and genre cinema. Dr. Mora also taught courses at the University of Salamanca and the University of Barcelona and lectured at Royal Holloway University in London.
- El Cine Gráfico (1935, 1957)
- Cinema Reporter (1943-1965)
- Cine Mundial (1951-1955)
- Cinelandia (1931-1947)
- El Mundo Ilustrado (1902-1910)

Archival materials
- Personal scrapbook of Fernando de Fuentes (1894-1958)
- Collection of 51 rare lobby cards
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