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New Left Review 42, November-December 2006


Contradictions of his country’s breakneck urbanization in the cinema of Francisco Lombardi. Film’s rival media—tele-reportage, newspapers, radio, videotaped corruption—brought into play to create new cinematic forms.

EFRAÍN KRISTAL

SCREENING PERU

The Films of Francisco Lombardi

Peru has a literary tradition to rival any in Latin America, yet its national cinema has for the most part lagged far behind. The poetry of César Vallejo, Javier Heraud, Carlos Germán Belli, the essays of José Carlos Mariátegui, the novels of Ciro Alegría, José María Arguedas, Mario Vargas Llosa and many more, have offered a myriad reflections on Peru’s vertiginous modernization over the last century. So far only one director can claim a comparable body of work. With fourteen features to his credit, the cinema of Francisco Lombardi offers arresting testimony to the new ‘Peruvian realities’, often informed by the insights of the country’s narrative tradition. Though he has garnered his share of international prizes, this is not just film-festival fare: many of Lombardi’s films have been box-office hits in Peru and have played their part in expanding cinema audiences.

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