Conrado Arranz | The script’s contribution to Rio Escondido

Doctor Conrado Arranz Mínguez, full time professor at the Department of Languages at ITAM, presents his research article Omitted discourse and literary discourse in Rio Escondido: some visual and literary keys that dilute or enlighten the authorship of a script.

With the objective of putting a spotlight of the participation of mexican writers in the film industry of the 20th century —including the era known as the Golden Age of mexican cinema— Dr. Conrado Arranz collaborated with Dr. Nancy Méndez López, in a deep research into the contribution that went into Río Escondido‘s movie script. This way, Dr. Arranz wants to show how literature contributes in a decisive manner to the end result of a movie; how the script is a literary genre with a writing process and the participation of mexican writers in the film industry was widely generalized; producing horizontal relationships of enrichment of both artistic disciplines.

The research is based on the figure of the writer, of Zacatecas origin, Mauricio Magdaleno and proposes a documentary analysis of history and of the script as a semiotic vehicle that allows the way from a written language to a visual one. Dr. Conrado Arranz states that by finding the breaking points between the literary discourse and film production, one can propose a new point of view of the mexican cinema, far from the industry and cliches, and closer to literature. Also, how the total omission of a script in the movie is a response to a disagreement between script writer and director or to specific petitions from the government, which was the main investor in these projects.

Dr. Conrado Arranz has a Law Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid, a masters in literature and spanish and hispanic american theater and a doctorate in spanish and hispanic american literature, both by UNED, with a research stay of two years at the Colegio de México. He teaches Writing Communication Strategies and Legal Research and Writing at ITAM and colaborates as researcher in the Seminar on Popular Traditions project at Colegio de México. He is a member of the National Researchers System in the category of “Candidate” .

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