21 Grams
An American independent film made by Mexicans
in The three amigos
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The film, 21 Grams, is made by the core team of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo Arriaga, Rodrigo Prieto, and Brigitte Broch. The score for the film is provided by Gustavo Santoalalla and is taken by the critical community, both popular and academic, as an American independent film, with the Mexican identities of the central filmmakers glossed over. The complexities involved in ascribing national identity to a film such as 21 Grams point to the inability of simplistic categories of national cinema to adequately explain shifting cinematic landscapes. The film's themes also speak to a contemporary North American cultural landscape. The chapter explores the following three areas with specific reference to 21 Grams: the relationship between the filmmakers, the film text, and the studios; the status of the director/auteur; and the cinematic languages used.

The three amigos

The transnational filmmaking of Guillermo Del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón

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