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The Third Cinema Question: Notes and Reflections

This article by Paul Willemen was presented at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1986. In it, he elaborates on the development of the concept of Third Cinema, taking into consideration the socio-cultural changes in Latin America and the ideological aspects of political cinema. By citing key texts from such cultural theorists as Brecht, Benjamin, and Bakhtin, Willemen positions Third Cinema theory as the political opposite of European and American critical theory.