A Cuban Cinema Companion
Co-editors: Salvador Jimenez Murguía, Sean O'Reilly and Amanda McMenamin
Contributing author: Michelle L. Farrell
Michelle L. Farrell is a contributing author, “Jessica Rodriguez’: Espejuelos Oscuros”.
Book description: With the recent shift in Cuba-US relations stemming from the relaxing of travel restrictions and an influx of American visitors, interest in Cuba and its culture has increased substantially. A new emphasis has been placed on the island country’s many cultural and artistic achievements, specifically in film. Cuban cinema is recognized around the world as having produced some of the most celebrated works originating from Latin America—such as Fresa y Chocolate and La Muerte de un Burócrata—as well as many prominent artists—including directors Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Humberto Solás. In A Cuban Cinema Companion, editors Salvador Jimenez Murguía, Sean O’Reilly, and Amanda McMenamin have assembled a collection of essays about more than 100 films across six decades, including feature films, documentaries, and animation. These entries also provide information on directors, actresses, and actors of Cuban cinema. Entries range from films like Retrato de Teresa to Buena Vista Social Club and include descriptions of each film’s plot, themes, and critical commentary, as well as comprehensive production details and brief suggestions for further reading.
Farrell, Michelle Leigh. “Jessica Rodriguez’: Espejuelos Oscuros” in A Cuban Cinema Companion. Publisher Rowman and Littlefield, December 2019. ISBN: 9781538107737
Murguía, Salvatore Jiminez; O'Reilly, Sean; McMenamin, Amanda; and Farrell, Michelle Leigh, "A Cuban Cinema Companion" (2019). Modern Languages & Literature Faculty Book Gallery. 17.