Wednesday, February 22, 2017

El Fin Gran

El Fin Gran

Before this class, I have never watched a telenovela. While learning about the history, production, and globalization of telenovelas, I soon became intrigued.  Even in the early 1900's when telenovelas were first being born into the world of daytime television, melodramas were the dominating elements. When telenovelas were showed in daytime hours, Latin Americans were reeled into each episode salivating over the romance between characters, roaring in anger over corrupt characters and finally shedding tears over the compassionate final episodes. Telenovelas are known for their eyeopening surprise plotwists and gut wrenching cliffhangers that leave audiences craving for the next episode. Millions of Latin Americans plan their day revolving around the hours of telenovelas because for those few hours the telenovela airs, Latin American families forget their own problems by escaping into the to watch captivating plots of a Cinderella romance story of falling hopelessly in love, or discovering a murder and finding the murderer with obstacles.

While learning production of telenovelas, I had no idea that it takes a huge team of producers, actors, and floor managers to produce specific scenes like love affairs and tense sob scenes. The fact telenovela production takes a frenzy of people to just produce a romantic scene is crazy to think about! In order to orchestrate a messy love affair that includes powerful fighting, lustful glaces, and the eventual tearing off of clothes, there must be careful crafting by producers, directors, as well as light and sound teams. During this romantic short scene, not only do the actors have to stimulate chemistry between each other to create an illusion of true love, but each characteristic of each scene must be perfected.

Telenovelas entice global audiences ranging from children watching with their parents, abuelos, the rich and poor, and different countries. Although Hollywood can be seen as the worldwide dominating television producer, Telenovelas are sweeping audiences in different countries.

I am so glad I picked the telenovela Teresa because the entire series was so interesting. In the telenovela I am watching, Teresa , rigorous and extensive production efforts went into mastering all 152 episodes of the series. In the show, the actress that plays Teresa, Angelique Boyer,  had to flawlessly perform Spanish dialogue and then expose her emotions for the show. In addition, the design team for Teresa had to make precise transitions concerning props, wardrobe, and makeup.  I've been watching the telenovela "Teresa" and I've been reeled into the emotional drama and seducing characters. This telenovela confronts the reality of wealth and social status in society. Even from the beginning the characters in the telenovela had intense contrasts. Throughout the first episode, Teresa is revealed as hiding the secret that her family is in poverty and that she lives in the ghetto. The telenovela magnifies Teresa as a social outcast. Teresa is publicized as a social outcast however only after her family's money situation is exposed. When her boyfriend Paulo exposes Teresa's secret as poor, he treats her with genuine disrespect wanting Teresa simply as his mistress because her and her family's social status would not be approved by Paulo's mother Genoveva. The telenovela address the stigma around poor verses rich because people treat others with money higher than those without money. In the beginning, Paulo desires to wed Teresa. However, suddenly when Teresa is unveiled as poor, Paulo throws away his idea of marriage and tells Teresa that he will pay Teresa and bribe her with lavish gifts for a "good time together." Teresa eventually discovers her true self although the road to get there was difficult and paved with obstacles. I have loved learning about telenovelas and discovering my new favorite Netflix show Teresa!

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