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Author Vasudevan, Ravi.
Title The melodramatic public : film form and spectatorship in Indian cinema / Ravi Vasudevan.
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2011.
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 Floor4  PN1993.5.I4 V375 2011    IN LIBRARY
Description xvii, 457 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [415]-436) and index.
Contents The melodramatic public -- Part I. Melodramatic and Other Publics: Shifting codes, dissolving identities: realist art cinema criticism and popular film form; The cultural politics of address in a 'Transitional' cinema; Neither state nor faith: mediating sectarian conflict in popular cinema; A modernist public: the double take of modernism in the work of Satyajit Ray -- Part II. Cinema and Territorial Imagination in the Subcontinent: Tamilnadu and India: Voice, space, form: the symbolic and territorial itinerary of Mani Rathnams Roja (1992); Bombay (Mani Rathnam, 1995) and Its publics; Another history rises to the surface: melodrama in the age of digital simulation: Hey Ram! (Kamalahasan, 1999) -- Part III. Melodrama Mutated and Differentiated Narrative Form, Urban Vistas, and New Publics in a History of the Present: Selves made strange: violent and performative bodies in the cities of Indian cinema 1974-2003; The contemporary film industry-- I: the meanings of 'Bollywood'; The contemporary film industry-- II: textual form, genre diversity, and industrial strategies.
Summary "What does it mean to say Indian movies are melodramatic? How do film audiences engage with socio-political issues? What role has cinema played in the emergence of new economic forms, consumer cultures, and digital technologies in a globalizing India? The Melodramatic Public analyzes melodrama as a narrative architecture and expressive form which connect the public and the private, the personal and the political, in ways that draw film audiences into complex passages of historical change. Vasudevan explores film form and narrative strategy across a wide repertoire of film traditions, including popular classics and canonical art works. Topics include the contemporary global moment associated with the category "Bollywood," changes in state policy and industrial organization, and the impact of digital technologies, new economies of consumption, and wider export markets on Indian film culture" -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Motion pictures -- India.
Melodrama in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- India.
ISBN 9780230247642 (hardback)
0230247644 (hardback)
Standard # 40019068167
OCLC number 665064431