No Love in "Roma": Maids' Representation as a Language of Class


A recent dossier on the website Mediatico with contributions from academics specialized in Mexican cinema leaves no doubts about the aesthetic attributes of the film. The black-and-white images, the large format framing, and the neorealist look make the character and story of Cleo, a live-in maid based on Cuarón’s own childhood nanny Libo, resonate emotionally with the audience in a unique way.

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Copyright © 2019 American Sociological Association. This blog post first appeared in Work in Progress: Sociology on the Economy, Work and Inequality (February 2019).

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