FQ Columnist Paul Julian Smith discusses the Mexican limited series, Malinche, which tracks the Spanish conquest of Mexico and destruction of the Mexica (Aztec) Empire from the perspective of the conquistador Hernán Cortés's interpreter, the indigenous woman Malinche. He explains how the series differs from other televisual accounts of the conquest of Mexico in both its emphasis on the domestic lives of women and its use of multiple indigenous languages. He concludes by comparing the series to a recent film about the colonial experience by another Latin American female director—Zama by Lucrecia Martel.
Screenings: Women and Empire in Malinche
Paul Julian Smith, a Fellow of the British Academy, is distinguished professor in the Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of over twenty books including Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar (Verso, 1994), Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico (Liverpool University Press, 2016), Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 (Wayne State University Press, 2017), and the new Television Drama in Spain and Latin America: Genre and Format Translation (University of London/Institute of Modern Language Research, 2018). He has served on the juries of the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain and the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. Follow him on Twitter @pauljuliansmith.
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Paul Julian Smith; Screenings: Women and Empire in Malinche. Film Quarterly 1 June 2019; 72 (4): 74–78. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.4.74
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