On Magic Realism in Film

  title={On Magic Realism in Film},
  author={Fredric Jameson},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={301 - 325}
  • F. Jameson
  • Published 1 January 1986
  • Art
  • Critical Inquiry
The concept of "magic realism" raises many problems, both theoretical and historical. I first encountered it in the context of American painting in the mid-1950s; at about the same time, Angel Flores published an influential article (in English) in which the term was applied to the work of Borges;' but Alejo Carpentier's conception of the real maravilloso at once seemed to offer a related or alternative conception, while his own work and that of Miguel Angel Asturias seemed to demand an… 
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Venezuelan painter and film critic Jacobo Penzo in 1984 (for further specifics, see Variety
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  • 1984
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Mitdlogos y novelistas (Madrid, 1975), in particular the discussions
  • Fredric Jameson Magic Realism in Film
  • 1975
Pr61ogo" to his novel El Reino de este mundo (Santiago, 1971); the most useful survey of the debate
  • "Carpentier y el realismo magico," in Otros Mundos, otrosfuegos,
  • 1975
the most useful survey of the debate remains Roberto Gonzalez Echeverria
  • Otros Mundos, otrosfuegos
  • 1975
Pr61ogo" to his novel El Reino de este mundo
  • 1971
The Flies, "The Flies" ("Les Mouches") and "In Camera" ("Huis Clos")
  • trans. Stuart Gilbert (London,
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