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Where Histories Reside: India as Filmed Space
Priya Jaikumar
Price
985.00
ISBN
9789352879038
Language
English
Pages
416
Format
Paperback
Dimensions
156 x 234 mm
Year of Publishing
2020
Territorial Rights
Restricted
Imprint
Orient Blackswan

In Where Histories Reside Priya Jaikumar examines eight decades of films shot on location in India to write a magisterial history of the nation’s filmed spaces. A broad idea of the space created by a camera’s interaction with real places underlies this history, which accounts for the spatiality of a film’s screen fashioned by camera angles and edits, in conjunction with the socio-political dynamics of territory and geography.

Whether discussing Jean Renoir’s The River (1951), which portrays a universal human condition through particular landscapes in Bengal, or Films Division documentaries about India’s mountainous borderlands, or Bollywood films today that are changing the look of background actors and settings, Jaikumar demonstrates that filming a location always involves competing assumptions, experiences, and visual practices. In so doing, she writes a bold “spatial” film historiography, outlining factors that have shaped India's filmed locations and architectures, from state bureaucracies and commercial infrastructures to aesthetic styles and neoliberal policies. She also shows why the study of cinema, whether celluloid or digital, must account for an aesthetics and politics of space.

This book will interest scholars of film and media studies, history, film theory, visual and spatial studies, architecture and urban studies, geography, comparative studies, and postcolonial studies.

Priya Jaikumar is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California.

Introduction: Filmed Space

PART I RATIONALIZED SPACES

1 Disciplinary: Indian Towns in British Geography Classrooms
2 Regulatory: The State in Films Division’s Himalayan Documentaries

PART II AFFECTIVE SPACES
3 Sublime: Immanence and Transcendence in Jean Renoir’s India
4 Residual: Lucknow and the Haveli as Cinematic Topoi

PART III COMMODIFIED SPACES
5 Global: From Bollywood Locations to Film Stock Rations

Conclusion: Cinema and Historiographies of Space

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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