Hispanic Customs In Movies

Thursday, March 31 by Annmicha Blugh

Hispanic customs in movies are used to set historical context and establish background stories. Although anachronisms are frequent in movies in which customs do not fit in with the time frame, many times, directors and producers would do research on customs which reflect the traditions and lifestyles of Hispanics. 

  1. Hispanic  food is a culinary custom practiced within Hispanic circles and are evidenced in movies. Traditional food such as the "Like Water for Chocolate"'s Turkey Mole, Champandongo or Northern Style Chorizo are real Mexican recipes forming part of the household tradition.
  2. Hispanic dress is another custom in all Spanish movies. Depending on the time period of shooting or historical framework, male and female dress synchronize with the dressing habits, pun intended. Colorful knitted clothing, with some impressions of Amerindian influence are some indications of fashion in movies.
  3. Hispanic music is undoubtedly a central aspect in Hispanic customs and heavily featured in movies for the real-life effect. Films such as "El Mariachi" depict musical customs vital to Mexico and the whole of Hispanic America. Background music indicating drama or to set a particular mood are common tones heard at Hispanic movies. 
  4. Hispanic celebrations is also popularly featured in Hispanic cinema. In movies such as "La Quinceanera", the fifteenth birthday of a Hispanic girl is a celebrated custom which never escapes the eyes of the Hispanic family. 
  5. Hispanic class consciousness and etiquette are other rooted customs in films in which persons are addressed according to nobility or societal class. For example, Hidalgo, Don and Senor are particularly suited to men holding different social statuses. The films "Don Juan" or "Hidalgo" are some pertinent titles referring to social class.
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