• ‘Be a Man!’: Masculinities and Class Privileges in Post-coup Chilean Cinema.

    Walescka Pino-Ojeda (see profile)
    Film Studies
    Cinema, Latin American studies
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    In this chapter I examine how post-coup Chilean cinema depicts the coming of age of boys who are entering manhood, a process executed within a single hegemonic socio-political structure in which issues of gender, sexual dynamics and class function both organically and indivisibly. The analysis will focus on a 1976 fictionalisation of the coming of age of a young boy named Julio in early 20th-century rural Chile, as presented in Julio comienza en Julio (Julio Begins in July, Silvio Caiozzi, 1976, first screened in 1979). The film’s narrative exemplifies the total interdependence of gender and class dynamics (in the 1920s, as in the 1970s) that existed in Chilean society, and the role these categories played in the (re)formation of alternative socio-political impetuses. Both gender and class identities constitute discursive platforms that work in concert to determine the processes that shape the nation-state. Julio comienza en Julio constructs its narration as an allegory in which masculine violence characterises the imposition of the Chilean dictatorial junta of 1973, whose sudden rise to power truncated an emergent social model that offered new avenues for subaltern masculinities and gender/class relations.
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