Rozsa, Irene

Irene Rozsa is currently in the preliminary stages of her research towards a doctoral thesis in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, provisionally entitled “Cuban film discourse: The evolution of cinephilia and film criticism from 1950 to 1970” under the supervision of Dr. Masha Salazkina, Concordia University Research Chair in Transnational Media Arts and Culture. The purpose of her research is to account for and analyze the evolution of film discourse in Cuba during the period of 1950 to 1970. The political and ideological changes brought about by the advent of the 1959 Cuban Revolution created a forced rupture in the traditional film culture of the country. For Cuban audiences, the new forms of acquisition, exhibition, and distribution of films created new modes for their consumption and valorization, and encouraged major shifts in the population’s paradigms of taste. For cultural critics and intellectuals, the realignment of the forces of political power represented an updated system of privilege that had great repercussion for their access to print and audiovisual media. Her dissertation aims to trace the continuities and discontinuities that emerged in the decades before and after the Revolution, at the sites of popular culture and of knowledge production concerning the cinema.

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