Latina Women in Film Bibliography

Query From Cheryl Koos 18 May 1998

I have a student doing a research paper on representations of Latina women in contemporary (1940-present) film. She (and I) would appreciate any recommendations for films prior to 1970 or for secondary literature on the topic or on a related one. I seem to recall some work on Carmen Miranda, but cannot remember where I saw it. Thanks in advance.


Bananas is My Business (Life of Carmen Miranda)by Helena Soldburg (1994)

Gringo in Manana-Land, The (Dede Halleck,Dir.) 1995

High Noon

Lone Star

Mi Vida Loca (Alison Anders,Dir.)1985

Milagro Bean Field War (Robert Redford,Dir.)

One-Eyed Jacks (w/Katy Jurado and Pina Pellicer)

Rio Grande (w/Maureen O'Hara)

Salt of the Earth

The Appaloosa (w/Anjanette Comer) 1966

The Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event (Lupe Velez)

The Professionals (w/Claudia Cardinale as "Maria")1966

The Ritz (w/Rita Moreno)

Touch of Evil (w/Marlene Dietrich)

Vera Cruz (w/Denise Darcel and Sarita Monteil) 1954

West Side Story


Cotes, Carlos E. "Chicana in Film: History of an Image" in Keller, Gary, Ed. _Chicano Cinema: Research, Reviews and Resources_ (Bi-Lingual Reviews, 94-108, 1985)

Fregoso, Rosa Linda _The Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture_(Minnesota, 1993)

Lopez, Ana Assorted articles, including "Are All Latins from Manhattan?: Hollywood, Ethnography and Cultural Colonialism" in Lester Friedman's _Unspeakable Images_; and article on Delores Del Rio and Carmen Miranda in King, John, Ana Lopez and Manuel Alvarado, Eds., _Mediating Two Worlds_

Noriega, Chon, Ed. _Chicanos and Film_

Reyes, Luis and Peter Rubie, Eds. _Hispanics in Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of Film and Television_(Garland: New York & London, 1994).

Richard, Alfred 3 vol. work on representations of Hispanics in American films (Greenwood Press, 1998)

Rios-Bustamante, Antonio "Latinos and the Hollywood Film Industry, 1920s-1950s" _Americas_1, No. 4 (1988): 6-12

Rodriguez, Clara, Ed. _Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media_(Westview, 1997)

Rodriquez-Estrada, Alicia L. "Delores Del Rio and Lupe Velez: Images On and Off the Screen, 1925-1944" in _Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women's West_ 475-492, Armitage, Susan and Elizabeth Jameson, Eds. (Norman: U of Oklahoma Press, 1997).

Other Suggestions:
Check recent issues of the journal _Studies in Latin American Popular Culture_

Check out this Chicano Cinema website:

See the films by Maria Luisa Bemberg of Argentina...especially "Camila" and "Yo la peor de todas"

See film by Fernando Solanas "Sur"

Also films on Frida Kahlo