City Flicks: Indian Cinema and the Urban Experience

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The relationship between cinema and modernity in the Indian context is both complex and multifaceted. In this volume, some of the leading names in film and cultural studies explore its many dimensions. The essays range from discussions of urbanity and film language to realism and the Indian city in Bengali films 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...
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Overview

The relationship between cinema and modernity in the Indian context is both complex and multifaceted. In this volume, some of the leading names in film and cultural studies explore its many dimensions. The essays range from discussions of urbanity and film language to realism and the Indian city in Bengali films 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 to an analysis of the current primacy of Bollywood and finally, to the cultural impact and influence of Indian cinema on audiences outside India.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781905422364
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Preben Kaarsholm is Associate Professor in International Development Studies, Roskilde University.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction Unreal City: Cinematic Representation, Globalization and the Ambiguities of Metropolitan Life     1
Urban Legends: Notes on a Theme in Early Film Theory     26
The City and the Real: Chhinnamul and the Left Cultural Movement in the 1940s     40
Reading a Song of the City-Images of the City in Literature and Films     60
Realism and Fantasy in Representations of Metropolitan Life in Indian Cinema     82
A Close-Up on Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children     99
The 'Bollywoodization' of the Indian Cinema: Cultural Nationalism in a Global Arena     111
Chalo Jahaji: Bollywood in the Tracks of Indenture to Globalization     138
Colonialism and the Built Space of Cinema in Nigeria     180
The Politics of Urban Segregation and Indian Cinema in Durban     207
The Exhilaration of Dread: Genre, Narrative Form and Film Style in Contemporary Urban Action Films     219
Vigilantism and the Pleasures of Masquerade: The Female Spectator of Vijayasanthi Films     233
Bibliography     251
Contributors     272
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