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TAMAYO, Camilo. Towards an Archeological Analysis of Images: Modernity and the Cinema in Colombia from 1900 to 1960. Signo pensam. [online]. 2006, n.48, pp.39-53. ISSN 0120-4823.

As a cultural and aesthetic object, films manage to establish -like no other artistic expression- deep relations with the contexts and social dynamics where they are made. This paper aims at exploring, though briefly, the way in which the cinema in Colombia has contributed to the construction of Modernity; it also seeks to provide a closer look at the relations that can be established with the socially-built cultural imaginary. With these two purposes in mind, the first part of the paper is devoted to making a brief definition of modernity and showing how this trend has evolved in Colombia, while the second part intends to describe how film-making was incorporated into the modernization process during a particular period of time, from 1900 to 1960.

Keywords : history of the cinema; Colombian cinema; social imaginary; cultural identity; modernity.

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