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Gael Garcia Bernal. “Mexico’s prodigal Son”. Case Study: Gael García Bernal discussing his star text in relation to questions of racial and national identity. Outline. Biography Mexico’s national s tar? Promotion of the national Gael as a transnational star?

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Gael garcia bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal

“Mexico’s prodigal Son”


  • Case Study: Gael GarcíaBernal discussing his star text in relation to questions of racial and national identity.


Outline
Outline

  • Biography

  • Mexico’s national star?

  • Promotion of the national

  • Gael as a transnational star?

  • Can Gael be considered as a global star?

  • National identity… Mexican or Latin American?

  • Challenging his ethnicity

  • Expressions of sexuality

  • Gael the humanitarian

  • Conclusion


Biography
Biography

  • Born 30 Nov 1978 in Guadalajara, Mexico to two young actors.

  • Bernal began acting at age of 9.

  • At 11 years old he participated in the telenovela, Teresa, alongside Salma Hayek.

  • First major role was in the telenovela ‘El abuelo y yo’ with Diego Luna.

  • Enrolled at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City.

  • However, due to constant strikes he dropped out and explored his other options, taking a trip to London.

  • He applied to Central School of Speech and Drama, London- First ever Latin American to be accepted to Central.





Global stardom
Global stardom?

Letters to Juliet (2010)

2012 Gillette Advert

A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)


Mexican vs latin american identity
Mexican vs. Latin American Identity

Gael and his wife

VidasPrivadas (2001)


Racial ethnic identity
Racial/Ethnic Identity

También la Lluvia (2010)

Babel (2006)


Racial ethnic identity1
Racial/ethnic identity

The King (2005)



Masculinity sexuality1
Masculinity & sexuality

Y Tumamátambién (2001)

La Mala Educación (2004)


Gael the humanitarian
Gael the Humanitarian

Oxfam: Make Trade Fair Campaign



Films referenced
Films Referenced

  • Amores perros, (2000)

  • Vidas Privadas (2001)

  • Y tu mamá también(2001)

  • El crimen del padre amaro (2002)

  • Diarios de Motocicleta (2004)

  • Mala educación (2004)

  • The King (2005)

  • Babel (2006)

  • Rudo y Cursi (2008)

  • Letters to Juliet (2010)

  • También la lluvia, (2010)

  • Little bit of heaven (2011)


Bibliography
Bibliography

  • Allatson, P. 2007. Key terms in Latino/a cultural and literary studies. Oxford:Blackwell.

  • Chant, S. & N. Craske. 2003. Gender in Latin America. London: Latin America Bureau.

  • de la Mora, S. 2006. Cinemachismo: Masculinities and Sexuality in Mexican Film. Texas: University of Texas Press.

  • Dennison, S. ‘National, Transnational and Post-national: Issues in Contemporary Film-making in the Hispanic World’

  • Finnegan, N. 2007. “So What’s Mexico Really Like?”: Framing the Local, Negotiating the Global in Alfonso Cuarón’s Y TuMamáTambién. In: D. shaw, ed. Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield, pp.29-50.

  • Hayward, S. 2006. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. Oxon: Routledge.

  • Lewis, V. 2009. When “macho” bodies fail: spectacles of corporeality and the limits of the homosocial/sexual in Mexican cinema. In: S. FOUZ-HERNANDEZ, ed.  Mysterious Skin: male bodies in contemporary cinema. London: I.B. Tauris, pp.177-193.

  • Perriam, C. 2003. Stars and Masculinities in Spanish Cinema: From Banderas to Bardem. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Shaw, D. 2007. Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Soutar, J. 2008. Gael García Bernal and the Latin American New Wave.  London: Portico.

  • Video clips:

    • 2012 Gillette Advert YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHMDj7bUj6A

  • Scene from La Mala Educaciónhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7ATj_v7Nro

Presented by:

Suzie Alway, Fiona Chan, M. Alexia Gaggero

& Jeran Richardson


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