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Estrellas de Ayer: Latin Camp

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Estrellas de ayer: Latin Camp

If nostalgia is the impossibility of a return to origin, queer nostalgia is the salvage of a symbolic past. These filmmakers borrow an alternative origin from Hollywood stars; these figures are also a site for mining, appropriation, and excess, forming private and collective mythologies that work against linear conceptions of time or history. This program proposes a new constellation of Latin/o American fascination with Hollywood starlets: José Rodríguez Soltero’s classic Lupe (1966); the celebration of decadentism in Pasión y Muerte de Margarita Gautier (Colombia, 1964), by Enrique Grau & Luís Ernesto Arocha; and other films that pay homage to Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lupe Vélez, Marlene Dietrich, replete with campy nods to the star system.