Ana Rodríguez-Granell participates with the paper “Modernismo Vernacular y Reflexividad ante Hollywood. Una revisión historiográfica sobre el cine de los años treinta” in L’Atalante. Revista de estudios cinematográficos, sección Puntos de Fuga, nº 27 (english version / versión en castellano)
For some decades the approaches of the New Film History have been concerned with redefining the history of cinema in a non-teleological way. In this way, they have destabilized categories of consecration of certain stylistic models such as the idea of modernity or classicism. In this article we are going to propose a revision of some cinematographies and peripheral films to Hollywood or to the framework of classicism – The great dildo (Velikiy uteshitel, Lev Kulechov, 1933); Pie in the Sky (NYKino, 1935) and The Crime of Mr. Lange (Le crime de M. Lange, Jean Renoir, 1936) – to see how, from practices close to the avant-garde, there are processes of assimilation of certain classical icons to the pair that, precisely for that appropriation, we attend to self-reflexive proposals. These practices of de-location of the classic in some films outside and even within Hollywood during the thirties propose historiographic and conceptual reconsiderations around notions such as modernity that we will explore here.