Performing for Hollywood: Coloniality and the Tourist Image in Esteban Ramírez’s Caribe (2004)

Harvey-Kattou, L. 2018. Performing for Hollywood: Coloniality and the Tourist Image in Esteban Ramírez’s Caribe (2004). Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas. 15 (2), pp. 249-266. https://doi.org/10.1386/slac.15.2.249_1

TitlePerforming for Hollywood: Coloniality and the Tourist Image in Esteban Ramírez’s Caribe (2004)
TypeJournal article
AuthorsHarvey-Kattou, L.
Abstract

This article problematizes US-Costa Rican cultural and ideological relations through an analysis of the film Caribe / Caribbean (2004) by Esteban Ramírez, positing that the film unconsciously invites an international audience to colonize it via the tourist gaze. Beginning by considering Ramírez’s anti-imperialist stance within the film’s plot which underscores the sovereignty of the Central American nation, I argue that these aims are undone through the exoticization of space and place. This article therefore goes on to analyse the ways in which the tropical image of the nation is seen to be internalized by the film, as well as considering the hegemonic Hollywood tropes of ethnicity and gender which are mimicked and performed.

KeywordsCosta Rica Caribe Esteban Ramírez Tourist gaze Hollywood stereotypes Latino tropes
JournalStudies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas
Journal citation15 (2), pp. 249-266
ISSN2050-4837
Year2018
PublisherIntellect
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/slac.15.2.249_1
Publication dates
Published in print01 Jun 2018
Published11 Jul 2018

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