Imperfect Cinema and Making Do

  • Nicholas Balaisis
Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)


Balaisis offers an important overview of film and media practices in Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Focusing on large-scale international co-productions as well as regional film collectives and amateur media making, Balaisis traces the aesthetic continuities between contemporary film practices and those of the immediate post-revolutionary period. He shows how material scarcity as well as political uncertainty are expressed aesthetically in films from the period, a characteristic described as imperfect aesthetics. Imperfect Cinema and Making Do concludes with a discussion of the relationship between Cuban film and the public sphere, stressing the role of aesthetics as a site of political and cultural critique amid the political uncertainty of the late socialist period.


Public Sphere Political Uncertainty Film Theory Cuban Revolution Mobile Cinema 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Balaisis
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  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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