Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood

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9780195335132: Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood

Heroes, Lovers, and Others tells the fascinating history of Latino actors in American film from the silent era to today. Rodriguez examines such Latino legends as Desi Arnaz, Dolores del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Raquel Welch, Anthony Quinn, Selma Hayek, and Antonio Banderas. More than just a collection of celebrity stories, the book explores the attitudes, cultural conditions, and assumptions that influenced the portrayal of Latinos in film as well as their reception by the public. Heroes, Lovers, and Others is a comprehensive volume packed with carefully researched information and analysis for both students and cinema enthusiasts alike.

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About the Author:


Clara E. Rodríguez is Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. She has recently updated the classic Coser, Kadushin and Powell text, Books: The Culture and Commerce of Publishing, published by Stanford University Press. She has also been a consultant to a number of television shows and documentaries, most recently, "Dora, the Explorer" and "Sesame Street."

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"Rodriguez's cultural and ethnic history traces the work of Latino actors in American film from the silent era to today. Although the Fordham University professor's specialty is sociology and her research is compiled from clip files and an assortment of secondary sources, her smooth writing and
passion for the topic make this a worthy introduction to Latino film studies."-- Publishers Weekly
"'When Hollywood films are discussed in print, ' says Rodriguez, 'a certain journalistic and academic amnesia sets in about the role of Latinos in the history of Hollywood.' Determined to redress this lapse, she offers, rather than a survey of stars, a social history of Latinos in Hollywood
Comprehensive up through Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, not to mention cultural icon Cheech Marin, her handy compendium leans a bit toward the academic in places but remains a very readable resource on Latino influence and presence in Hollywood and pop culture generally."--Mike Tribby, Booklist
"Rodriguez's cultural and ethnic history traces the work of Latino actors in American film from the silent era to today. Although the Fordham University professor's specialty is sociology and her research is compiled from clip files and an assortment of secondary sources, her smooth writing and passion for the topic make this a worthy introduction to Latino film studies."-- Publishers Weekly
"'When Hollywood films are discussed in print, ' says Rodriguez, 'a certain journalistic and academic amnesia sets in about the role of Latinos in the history of Hollywood.' Determined to redress this lapse, she offers, rather than a survey of stars, a social history of Latinos in Hollywood Comprehensive up through Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, not to mention cultural icon Cheech Marin, her handy compendium leans a bit toward the academic in places but remains a very readable resource on Latino influence and presence in Hollywood and pop culture generally."--Mike Tribby, Booklist
"Rodriguez's cultural and ethnic history traces the work of Latino actors in American film from the silent era to today. Although the Fordham University professor's specialty is sociology and her research is compiled from clip files and an assortment of secondary sources, her smooth writing and passion for the topic make this a worthy introduction to Latino film studies."-- Publishers Weekly


"'When Hollywood films are discussed in print, ' says Rodriguez, 'a certain journalistic and academic amnesia sets in about the role of Latinos in the history of Hollywood.' Determined to redress this lapse, she offers, rather than a survey of stars, a social history of Latinos in Hollywood. Comprehensive up through Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, not to mention cultural icon Cheech Marin, her handy compendium leans a bit toward the academic in places but remains a very readable resource on Latino influence and presence in Hollywood and pop culture generally."--Mike Tribby, Booklist


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