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Reel World - On Location in Kollywood
Reel World - On Location in Kollywood

Reel World - On Location in Kollywood

by Anand Pandian

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

9780670087815 - Year: 2016 - Pages: 374

Binding

Hardcover

Anand Pandian
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Author: Anand Pandian
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 374
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780670087815

Description

Over the last century, films have changed the way we imagine ourselves and experience the world around us. But what happens to life when the real world begins to look and feel so much like the reel one? And what about those countless craftsmen who make this happen, toiling each day to turn ordinary moments into elements of a cinematic world?

Over the last few years, Anand Pandian has trailed some of the most renowned figures in the new wave of contemporary Tamil cinema, from the studios of Chennai to Switzerland and Kuala Lumpur. His gripping stories reveal how their films come together and sometimes fall apart-the pitched scripts and rickety sets, their stormy fights and digital marvels, the joy of a hit tune and the heartbreak of box office disaster. With an anthropologist's eye and a cinephile's zeal, Pandian vividly conjures the frenzied highs and lows of this extraordinary creative process.

Enthralling, original, and written in a dazzlingly experimental style, Reel World is a moving meditation on the power of film, offering rich insight into a fascinating, frenetic world.




PRAISE FOR REEL WORLD
‘Tamil cinema, in many ways, is its own little universe, and it's time someone explored it in the manner of an anthropologist investigating a remote culture. Anand Pandian is, in fact, an anthropologist, and his flavorful, seamlessly narrated book is a fascinating dig into Tamil cinema, its codes, its symbols, how it is made, how it is received.’
== BARADWAJ RANGAN author of Conversations with Mani Ratnam

‘Anthropology comes together with an intense cinephilia to explore the social circumstances of unstable creativity in Anand Pandian's remarkable book on recent Tamil cinema. He "shadows" filmmakers, writers, producers, actors, technicians and sundry characters from its movie industry, and with them tracks a creativity that is between conscious thought and unconscious impulse, between a utopian promise and dangerous lived reality. Never have the ramifications of the cinematic consciousness been explored before in India in this way.’
== ASHISH RAJADHYAKSHA author of Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid

‘Anand Pandian is a gifted writer. And the sounds, spaces, rhythms, and colors that these creative directors draw together provide rich tapestries. The result is a spiritual work that illuminates life today.’
== WILLIAM E. CONNOLLY author of A World of Becoming

‘Of the many unique things about Reel World, the most ambitious is Pandian's attempt to capture this moment of creation, in writing, composing, directing: the moment that the spark of inspiration connects the individual artist to the numinous forces around him.’
== WALTER MURCH Oscar-winning sound designer of Apocalypse Now and Oscar-winning editor of The English Patient

‘Reel World thinks in and through the media of cinema and experience as things of the world. They are like fireflies whose paths flash and cut out. A chance encounter, a glance, or a gesture activates experiments in rhythm and voice, light and sound, a feeling of movement. Streets, migrants, flowers, bullets, children's textbooks and bottlefuls of pills form ecologies of incipience. Ontological curiosity laps like an infinity wave in the craving for wonders now.’
== KATHLEEN STEWART author of Ordinary Affects

‘An original, thoughtful, and daring anthropologist, Anand Pandian has written a book ostensibly about the fierce intensities of Tamil cinema and the great cultural themes that pervade it: hope, color, space, love, desire, light, dream, time. It might, however, be more apt to describe this work as a rich, experimental meditation about the elusive momentum of creativity, the shift in perception when something unexpected happens.’
== DAVID SHULMAN author of More than Real: A History of the Imagination in South India



COMMENTS:

‘[This] flavorful, seamlessly narrated hook is a fascinating dig into Tamil cinema, its codes, its symbols, how it is made, how it is received’
== BARADWAJ RANGAN author of Conversations with Mani Ratnam

‘Of the many unique things about Reel World, the most ambitious is Pandian's attempt to capture this moment of creation, in writing, composing, directing: The moment that the spark of inspiration connects the individual artist to the numinous forces around him’
== WALTER MURCH Oscar-winning editor of The English Patient

‘[Captures] the fierce intensities of Tamil cinema and the great cultural themes that pervade it: hope, color, space, love, desire, light, dream, time … A rich, experimental meditation shout the elusive momentum of creativity'
== DAVID SHULMAN author of More than Real: A History of the Imagination in South India

‘[A] remarkable book'
== ASHISH RAJADHYAKSHA author of Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid

Contents

Contents

Foreword by Walter Murch
Note to the Reader, Also a Listener and Seer

1. Introduction
2. Dreams
3. Hope
4. Space
5. Art
6. Love
7. Desire
8. Light
9. Color
10. Time
11. Imagination
12. Pleasure
13. Sound
14. Voice
15. Rhythm
16. Speed
17. Wonder
18. Fate

Acknowledgments
Notes

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