Three Cinemas, Three Worlds: Making Global History Appear in the Long 1960s

November 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
501 Cathedral of Learning
Lecture by Luis Trindade, Birkbeck College
This presentation will explore the chronology and the geography of radical politics in the long 1960s by looking into two documentary films: La Hora de los Hornos, by Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino (Argentina, 1968), and Le Fond de L’Air est Rouge, by Chris Marker (France, 1977). A comparative analysis of the two films – two long, all-encompassing narratives of neocolonialism and global forms of anti-imperialist resistance – will allow us to not only revisit the periodization of the sixties, but also to rethink the spatial hierarchies of its struggles. More specifically, it will be suggested that Latin American Third Cinema was in a particularly advantageous position to make history appear (Jameson), thus reversing the period’s Eurocentric narratives in a fundamental way. Moreover, the formal experiments of militant filmmakers will allow us to reflect on these films’ historical status and to suggest that political cinema can be deployed as a singular historiographical discourse.

Luís Trindade teaches European Culture and History at Birkbeck, University of London. His most recent book, Narratives in Motion. Journalism and modernist events in 1920s Portugal, was published by Berghahn Books in 2016. He has also edited The Making of Modern Portugal (2013) and has published on the histories of Portuguese nationalism and Marxism, Portuguese cinema, the Carnation Revolution, and the history of mass culture  in twentieth-century Portugal. He is currently based in Lisbon with an FCT grant, doing research on the history of audiovisual culture from the 1950s to the 1980s.