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Author Sunya, Samhita, 1985- author.

Title Sirens of modernity : world cinema via Bombay / Samhita Sunya.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2022]


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Description 1 online resource.
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Series Cinema cultures in contact ; 3
Cinema cultures in contact ; 3.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Opening Credits "Akira Kurosawa" : a retrospective prologue -- Introduction : "Romance, comedy, and somewhat jazzy music" -- Problems of translation : world cinema as distribution history -- moving toward the "City of love": Hindustani lyrical genealogies -- Homosocialist co-productions : Pardesi (1957) contra Singapore (1960) -- Comedic crossovers and Madras money-spinners : Padosan's (1968) audiovisual apparatus -- Foreign Exchanges : transregional trafficking through Subah-O-Sham (1972) -- Special features.
Summary "By the 1960s, Hindi-language films from Bombay were in high demand not only for domestic and diasporic audiences but also for sizeable non-diasporic audiences across Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean world. Often confounding critics who painted the song-dance films as noisy and nonsensical. if not dangerously seductive and utterly vulgar, Bombay films attracted fervent worldwide viewers precisely for their elements of romance, music, and spectacle. In this richly documented history of Hindi cinema during the long 1960s, Samhita Sunya historicizes the emergence of world cinema as a category of cinematic diplomacy that formed in the crucible of the Cold War. Interwoven with this history is an account of the prolific transnational circuits of popular Hindi films alongside the efflorescence of European art cinema and Cold War-era forays of Hollywood abroad. By following archival leads and threads of argumentation within commercial Hindi films that seem to be odd cases-flops, remakes, low-budget comedies, and prestige productions-this book offers a novel map for excavating the historical and ethical stakes of world cinema and world-making, via Bombay"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Motion pictures, Hindi -- India -- Mumbai -- History and criticism.
Motion picture industry -- India -- Mumbai -- History.
PERFORMING ARTS / Film / General.
PERFORMING ARTS / Film / History & Criticism.
Motion picture industry. (OCoLC)fst01027150
Motion pictures, Hindi. (OCoLC)fst01741197
India -- Mumbai. (OCoLC)fst01802300
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Sunya, Samhita, 1985- Sirens of modernity Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2022] 9780520379534 (DLC) 2022000610
ISBN 9780520976788 (electronic book)
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