The cinema of Lucrecia Martel

Author: Deborah Martin

Since the release of her debut feature, La ciénaga, in 2001, Argentine director Lucrecia Martel has gained worldwide recognition for her richly allusive, elliptical and sensorial film-making. The first monograph on her work, The Cinema of Lucrecia Martel analyses her three feature films, which also include La niña santa (2004) and La mujer sin cabeza (2008), alongside the unstudied short films Nueva Argirópolis (2010), Pescados (2010) and Muta (2011). It examines the place of Martel’s work within the experimental turn taken by Argentine cinema in the late 1990s and early 2000s, a trend of which Martel is often described as a major player, yet also explores correspondences between her work and other national and global filmmaking trends, including the horror genre, and classic Hollywood. It brings together the rich and diverse critical approaches which have been taken in the analysis of Martel’s work – including feminist and queer approaches, political readings and phenomenology – and proposes new ways of understanding her films, in particular through their figuring of desire as revolutionary, their use of the child’s perspective, and their address to the senses and perception, which it argues serve to renew cinematic language and thought.

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‘This is a most insightful book, welcomingly short and easy to read. That does not mean it fails to engage critically with such complex theorists as Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida and Laura U. Marks’
Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies
June 2020

‘The Cinema of Lucrecia Martel is a thoroughly researched and well-written study of one of the most innovative contemporary film-makers. Martin uses film theory, film criticism, interviews, and archival material to develop a detailed and insightful reading of Martel’s oeuvre.’
Modern Language Review
July 2020

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