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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”

Gael garcia bernal

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



  • 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



  • 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.

National star

National star?

Promotion of the nation

Promotion of the nation

Transnational star

Transnational star?

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 sexuality

Masculinity & sexuality

Masculinity sexuality1

Masculinity & sexuality

Y Tumamátambién (2001)

La Mala Educación (2004)

Gael the humanitarian

Gael the Humanitarian

Oxfam: Make Trade Fair Campaign

Keep an eye out

Keep an eye out….

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)



  • 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

  • Scene from La Mala Educación

Presented by:

Suzie Alway, Fiona Chan, M. Alexia Gaggero

& Jeran Richardson

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