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City Flicks - Indian Cinema and the Urban Experience
City Flicks - Indian Cinema and the Urban Experience

City Flicks - Indian Cinema and the Urban Experience

by Preben Kaarsholm

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Language

English

Publisher

Seagull Books

ISBN

8170462509 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 274

Binding

Paperback

Preben Kaarsholm

Author: Preben Kaarsholm
Editor(s): Preben Kaarsholm
Publisher: Seagull Books
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 274
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170462509

Description

The growth of Indian film production, the significance of cinema in Indian society within and beyond India, and the rapid expansion of Indian cities and the urban lifestyle are closely linked phenomena. The relationship between cinema and modernity in the Indian context is both complex and multifaceted, and in this volume, some of the leading names in film and cultural studies explore its many dimensions.

The introductory essay sets the parameters of the discussions to follow, analysing the interfaces between cinematic representation, globalization and city life. The essays range from discussions of urbanity and film language to realism and the Indian city in Bengali film of the 1940s; from the cultural resonances of popular Hindi film songs and the idea of the city to realism and fantasy in cinematic representations of metropolitan Indian life; from cinematic aspects of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children to genre, narrative form and film style in contemporary Indian urban action films; from the complexities of female spectatorship for the urban vigilantism of Telugu heroine Vijayasanthi, to an analysis of the current primacy of Bollywood in today's media-driven urban environment; and finally, to the cultural impact and influence of Indian films in diaspora communities in Fiji, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa.

Dealing as it does with the intersection of vital contemporary cultural phenomena-cinema, the city, and the modern-these thought provoking essays are a valuable addition to current scholarship in the field.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

PREBEN KAARSHOLM

INTRODUCTION

Unreal City: Cinematic Representation, Globalization and the Ambiguities of Metropolitan Life

PETER LARSEN
Urban Legends: Notes on a Theme in Early Film Theory

MOINAK BISWAS
The City and the Real: Chhinnamul and the Left Cultural Movement in the 1940s

SUDIPTA KAVIRAJ
Reading a Song of the City-Images of the City in Literature and Films

M MADHAVA PRASAD
Realism and Fantasy in Representations of Metropolitan Life in Indian Cinema

MARTIN ZERLANG
A Close-Up on Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children

ASHISH RAJADHYAKSHA
The Bollywoodization of the Indian Cinema:
Cultural Nationalism in a Global Arena

MANAS RAY
Chalo Jahaji: Bollywood in the Tracks of Indenture to Globalization

BRIAN LARKIN
Colonialism and the Built Space of Cinema in Nigeria

VASHNA JAGARNATH
The Politics of Urban Segregation and Indian Cinema in Durban

RAVI S VASUDEVAN
The Exhilaration of Dread: Genre, Narrative Form and Film Style in Contemporary Urban Action Films

TEJASWINI NIRANJANA
Vigilantism and the Pleasures of Masquerade: The Female Spectator of Vijayasanthi Films

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