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Amores Perros A Level Film Case Study

Richard Gent | Tuesday March 28, 2023

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Shot Analysis, Title Sequences, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Amores Perros, Genres & Case Studies, Mexican, Social Realism, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Research, Starters, KS5 Film Studies Starters, Theory, Auteur Theory, Film Theory

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In studying a film such as Amores Perros, a film that’s widely regarded as a ‘classic’, there’s a wealth of discourse to engage with. Worth noting immediately is that translated into English, the title of the film roughly means Love’s a Bitch.

Amores Perros, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, offers up a rich experience for us as viewers of film and as readers of material about film.  We might even say that the film achieved something of an ‘instant classic’ status. In using the word ‘classic’ what we’re doing is identifying a story that successive audiences ‘renew’ with significance, relevance and resonance for them and their place and time.

Like a number of other notable film directors Inarritu, with Amores Perros, sought to develop a new visual language with which to explore a provocative subject.

Indicative of the longer-term, enduring success of the film, Amores Perros would go on to form the first part pf a trilogy of films directed by Inarritu: 21 Grams and then Babel would follow. Whilst 21 Grams and Babel were made in the United States, as film scholar Dolores Tierney has noted, they remain consistent with Mexican cinema and its particular cultural and ideological sensibilities.


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