Telenovela: The Factory of Dreams

By Judith Perez

Jul 13, 2012 4:25pm

The telenovela is historically distinct from the American soap opera. While a soap opera tends to go on indefinitely, its Latin American counterpart has a closed format, which eventually arrives at a dénouement, even if it takes one hundred or two hundred episodes. The dénouement is significant because of the expectations it awakens in the television audience. The telenovela promises a conclusion, which consists of the triumph of love over insurmountable obstacles. This positive outcome generates a sense of complicity and identification in the viewer, who seeks the gratification of a happy ending after months of witnessing the  emotional ups and downs of the actors and the plot.

The Factory of Dreams: Photographs by Stefan Ruiz, Essay by Pablo Helguera

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Margarita Isabel as Alejandra Madrigal de Horta in Amarte es mi Pecado (Loving You Is My Sin), 2003.

 

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Pablo Montero, left, as Emilio Valtierra in Duelo De Pasiones II (Duel of Passions), 2006.

 

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Fernando Colunga as Franco Santoro in Mañana es para Siempre (Tomorrow Is Forever), 2009.

 

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Laura León “La Tesorito” as Refugio Urbina in Dos Hogares (Double Life), 2011.

 

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Daniel Berlanga, Miguel Angel Biagio, Sherlyn, and Daniel Habit as Damian, Samuel Cisneros Castro,”Conny” Concepción Pérez Ávila, and Alberto in Corazones al Límite (Hearts to the Limit), 2004.

 

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Helena Guerrero as Adoración in Una Familia Con Suerte (One Family with Luck), 2011.

 

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Ernesto D’Alessio as Juan Jiménez in Heridas de Amor (Wounds of Love), 2006.

 

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Amarte es mi Pecado (Loving You Is My Sin), 2003.

 

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View of Studio 9, 2003.

 

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Daniel Cortes, CEA, Televisa Acting School, 2004.

 

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