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This thesis examines the portrayal of the Salvadoran Civil War in two popular U.S. films, Salvador (1986) and Romero (1989). Using a variety of sources as well as the films, this thesis is a cultural study of the images and words used by the filmmakers to render El Salvador recognizable to American audiences. The study focuses on both the ideology of the filmmakers as well as the development of historical characterizations in the films. The findings of this study demonstrate the role of individual bias in representing foreign others as well as the ways in which perpetual stereotypes of Latin America are employed in American cinema. This study, in addition to demonstrating the historicity of the films herein discussed, also situates the portrayal of historical events within the larger context of the Cold War and the Salvadoran Civil War.
El Salvador History, U.S.-El Salvador Foreign Relations
Date of Defense
April 2, 2007.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts.
Includes bibliographical references.
Robinson Herrera, Professor Directing Thesis; Matthew Childs, Committee Member; Max Friedman, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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