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Chile in the imaginary cinema of the boom (1997-2004).

Abstract in spanish

Nacional cinema is a particular resource of reconstructed images from the countries where they belong. It appeals to massive public in order to enable the watching and recognition of themselves in it, and the imaginary conformation of ‘us’. The reflection focuses on how the image of the nation is reinterpreted in some of the films that are part of the so called ‘boom’ of Chilean cinema of the last years. This phenomenon is related to a major production and reception of chilean films, and to the new democratic and ‘culture-supporting’ Chilean state. Because of these reasons, Chilean films have become more relevant as a representation of some versions of being Chilean, specially those that link nationhood to popular culture, a traditional way of representation, which is related to certain icons of rural landscape and crossbreeding. This is the main referent of most part of Chilean movies that became a commercial and critical success in this period, conforming the visible elements of our social and cultural environment, and the most important cinematic image of our nation.

Keywords: national cinema,Nation,representation,popular culture.
Author: María Paz Peirano. Licenciada Antropología Social, Universidad de Chile.
Received: May 25th, 2006, Accepted: August 01th, 2006
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 8 - Santiago, diciembre 2006 - 121/142 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.