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Finding Emilio Fernández: Mexican extras and Latinx representation in early sound era Hollywood

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posted on 2023-06-10, 04:29 authored by Dolores TierneyDolores Tierney
Emilio Fernández is well known as one of the biggest directors of classical Mexican cinema in the 1940s, making a string of critical successes that attracted global critical attention and acclaim including Maria Candelaria (1943), Flor Silvestre (1943), and Las abandonadas (1943). What is less well known is that as a young man, between 1926 and 1933, he lived and worked in Los Angeles as a Hollywood extra and bit player. Using textual analysis of his small appearances in five key films, this article shifts the focus onto the under-studied figure of the extra to explore Fernández’ little known sojourn in Hollywood. It argues that allowing attention to be drawn away from the centre of the films to Fernández on the margins makes space for a centering of Latinx experiences in early sound era Hollywood otherwise ignored in scholarship, and for a greater understanding of the role extras played in shifting representational imperatives as the film industry made its transition to sound.

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  • Published

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  • Accepted version

Journal

Hispanic Research Journal

ISSN

1468-2737

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Volume

23

Page range

3-23

Department affiliated with

  • Media and Film Publications

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  • No

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2022-08-19

First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date

2022-08-19

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