FQ Columnist Amelie Hastie offers a unique and personal meditation on cinema's affective qualities, particularly the sentiment of love. She traces Cuarón's exploration of cinema's fundamental humanism back to Jean Renoir and continues through the Italian Neo-Realists, particularly Vittorio de Sica. She discusses Cuarón's intellectual formation as a student of cinema, and finds a consistent emphasis on women's experiences throughout his films. Introducing Cuarón's description of Roma as an “inquiry” into the relation between “foreground” and “background,” she delves into scenes where character and social environment converge.
The Vulnerable Spectator: An Act of Will, a Testimony of Love: Alfonso Cuarón's Roma
Amelie Hastie is the author of two books on women's film authorship, Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection and Film History (Duke University Press, 2007) and The Bigamist (BFI Film Classics, 2009). Her current scholarship is situated around US film and television of the 1970s, including a forthcoming volume on the television series Columbo (Duke University Press) and essays on women's work as film critics, stars, producers and directors during the era. She is Professor and founding chair of Film and Media Studies at Amherst College.
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Amelie Hastie; The Vulnerable Spectator: An Act of Will, a Testimony of Love: Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. Film Quarterly 1 June 2019; 72 (4): 54–60. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.4.54
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