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World Cinema

A Critical Introduction

By Shekhar Deshpande, Meta Mazaj

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Format: Hardback, 442 pages
Other Information: 13 Line drawings, color; 166 Halftones, color
World Cinema: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to film industries across the globe. From the 1980s onwards, new technologies and increased globalisation have radically altered the landscape in which films are distributed and exhibited. Films are made from the large scale of India, Hollywood and Asia to the small productions in Bhutan and Morocco. They are seen in multiplexes, palatial art cinemas in Cannes, traveling theatres in rural India, and on millions of hand-held mobile screens. Deshpande and Mazaj have developed a method of charting this new world cinema that makes room for divergent perspectives, traditions and positions, while also revealing their interconnectedness and relationships of meaning. In doing so, they bring together a broad range of issues and examples-theoretical concepts, viewing and production practices, film festivals, large industries such as Nollywood and Bollywood, smaller and emerging film cultures-into a systemic yet flexible map of world cinema. The multi-layered approach of this book aims to do justics to the depth, dynamism and complexity of the phenomenon of world cinema. For students looking to films outside of their immediate context, and scholars engaged in transnational cultural production, this book offers a blueprint that will enable them to transform a casual encounter with a film into a systematic inquiry into world cinema.

Table of Contents

Introduction What Is World Cinema? Watching World Cinema Film Production and Finance Film Festivals and World Cinema Indian Cinema and Bollywood African Cinema and Nollywood Asian Cinemas National Cinema Transnational Cinema Diasporic and Postcolonial Cinema Small and Peripheral Cinemas Women's Cinema and World Cinema

About the Author

Shekhar Deshpande is Professor of the Media and Communication Department at Arcadia University, where he held Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker Endowed Chair from 2005-2008. He teaches a broad variety of courses in film theory and analysis, critical theory, cultural studies and world cinema. His writings have appeared in Senses of Cinema, Studies in European Cinema, Seminar and Widescreen. He is the author of the forthcoming Anthology Film and World Cinema (Continuum). Meta Mazaj is Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught world cinema in both large lecture classes and smaller, discussion-oriented seminars. Her articles on Eastern European Cinema, Balkan cinema, and small and marginal cinema have appeared in Cineaste, Studies in Eastern European Cinema and Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. She is the author of Once Upon a Time There Was a Country: National and Cynicism in the Post 1990s Balkan Cinema (VDM Verlag, 2008), and co-editor, with Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White, of Critical Visions in Film Theory: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Bedford/St. Martins, 2010).

EAN: 9780415783569
ISBN: 0415783569
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.1 centimetres
Age Range: 15+ years
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