Overview of Entertainment Industry in Mexico
By: Jennifer Tarleton
Date: November 15, 2010
GEO 111 World Regional Geography
Instructor: David Harris
South Piedmont Community College
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Actors and Comedians
II. Singers and Musicians
III. Production Companies
Business is booming for Mexico's entertainment industry. Mexico promotes itself as choice destination for filmmakers, but problems threaten to stunt industry's growth. The entertainment industry in Mexico faces two serious challenges. The first challenge is to generate an environment that the entertainment industry can prosper and second, to protect intellectual property. A stable business environment is vital to the success of the entertainment industry in Mexico.
I. Actors, Comedians, Films
The history of Mexican cinema goes back to the ending of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th but some movies have rediscovered just recently. The "silent film" industry in Mexico produced several movies; however, many of the films up to the 1920s have been lost and were not well-documented. The Mexican cinema golden era occurred during the 1940s. The origin of early filmmaking is generally associated with Salvador Toscano Barragán. Toscano compiled the country's first fictional film, titled Don Juan Tenorio. By 1906, 16 movie salons opened their doors to accommodate the popularity of cinema in Mexico City. Actors such as Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardave, María Félix, and Dolores del Río gained their recognition. The themes during these years touched all aspects of Mexican society. The majority of the productions were comedies and dramas.
Mexico's most famous contribution to popular cinema is perhaps the beautiful Mexican actress Salma Hayek who has endeared herself to thousands of fans across the world. Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an...
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