"Written in clear and urgent prose, Martial Law Melodrama invites a wide readership, giving access to an intricate sociopolitical history and awakening the desire to revisit Brocka’s impressive oeuvre . . ."—Film Quarterly
“A close examination of Brocka’s films, which considers them within the context of social and political trends, as well as within the framework of Brocka’s life and career.”—Cineaste
“This volume brings Lino Brocka, the man, his work, and his era, fully back to life. José Capino’s redefinition of melodrama, his conviction that it is futile to separate genre from ideology, and his insistence that popular forms may hold within their bounds the most transgressive of political stances, all combine to constitute a major critical intervention.”—B. Ruby Rich, author of New Queer Cinema
"Lino Brocka stands as one of the most significant directors of the last half of the twentieth century, putting Philippine cinema on the world stage in an unprecedented fashion. José Capino’s magnificent book puts Brocka at the center not only of the national politics of the Philippines under Marcos, but also of the geopolitical whirlwind sweeping world cinema in the waning years of the Cold War."—Gina Marchetti, author of Citing China: Politics, Postmodernism, and World Cinema?
"A rich and riveting book on a too-little-known chapter in world cinema. Confronting state authoritarianism and censorship within one of Asia’s liveliest popular film industries, Lino Brocka’s prolific prize-winning filmography as deftly read by Capino offers us a two-decade-long adventure, packed with stars, sexual transgressions, eruptions of bloody 'Marcosian moments,' and dreams of democracy. Capino’s passionate and authoritative account challenges received notions of political cinemas and their relation to pop genres. Here is the career of an artist up close, itself melodramatic and cut short in 1991, that is increasingly relevant to twenty-first-century culture and politics."—Thomas Waugh, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Cinema, Concordia University
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