Latino Image Makers in Hollywood

Performers, Filmmakers and Films Since the 1960s


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About the Book

Latinos have been part of the Hollywood film industry for more than 100 years, yet beyond the remarkable success of a few, their visibility and clout have generally not reflected their significance in American society. Worse, the Latino image has suffered from widespread stereotyping in film, and performers face unjustified constraints in the kinds of roles available to them.
Decade by decade from 1960 onward, this book analyzes important films made by or about Latinos, details the careers of Latino performers and filmmakers of the time, and analyzes how film portrayals of Latino characters and subjects connect with political and social trends of each decade. It discusses the role of gender, social class, and ethnicity in film portrayals and provides an overview of the diverse and dynamic Latino community in the United States, while celebrating a substantial and enduring contribution to Hollywood film history.

About the Author(s)

Educator and writer Frank Javier Garcia Berumen lives in Los Angeles, California.

Bibliographic Details

Frank Javier Garcia Berumen
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 344
Bibliographic Info: 61 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7432-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1411-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  viii

Introduction  1

I. The Origins of Latino Stereotypes  7

II. The Evolution of Latino Film Images (1894–1919)  11

III. The 1960s  17

IV. The 1970s  67

V. The 1980s  120

VI. The 1990s  204

VII. The 2000s  278

Postscript—Beyond the 2000s: Looking Back and Looking Forward  313

Chapter Notes  317

Bibliography  327

Index  331

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Recommended”—Choice

• “Highly recommended”—ARBA