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perspective of an outsider for the outsider, of the latino immigrant experience
La Ciudad is a very silent movie. I think the overall silence brings out a lot about what these immigrants really feel. The focus is on their faces (thus the photo studio), and on what they live through each vignette. That is how it says a lot without having to go deep into the short stories it presents. Its being black & white also helps to set the tone, one of helplessness, one of being lost. It also helps present the movie as a documentary for a mainstream audience which I think is a rather clever way to reach the targeted audience. The question is how well does it represent the latino immigrant experience? Pretty good, I think. Definitely something to see.
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