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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz publishes West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece

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Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz (Ph.D. University of Iowa) is director of the CU Film Studies Program and the author of the booksPedro Almodóvar (British Film Institute, 2007) and Buñuel and Mexico: The Crisis of National Cinema (University of California Press, 2003). His research centers on Spanish and Latin American cinemas and culture, Hollywood genres, and classical film theory. His new book, West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece was published in October 2013 by the University Press of Kansas. Theatre and film historian Thomas Hischak (SUNY-Cortland) wrote “This is the definitive and most comprehensive book about the film version of West Side Story. It is filled with fascinating information and thought-provoking commentary, including an Hispanic sensibility that looks at the movie with a fresh point of view. An outstanding work of movie scholarship.”—Thomas Hischak, author of The Oxford Companion to the American Musical.

Professor Acevedo-Munoz will be leading a screening of “West Side Story” with a Question and Answer session on February 12, 2014 from 7:30pm in the Muenzinger Auditorium on CU’s campus.

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