Theorising National Cinema

ISBN-10: 1844571203

ISBN-13: 9781844571208

Edition: 2006

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Description: Why do we think of clusters of films as a "national cinema"? Why has the relationship between the nation and film become so widely and uncritically accepted? Written by many leading scholars in the field,Theorizing National Cinemais a major contribution to work on national cinemas. It addresses the knotty and complex relationship between cinema and national identity, showing that the nationality of a cinema production company, and of the films it made, have not always been seen as pertinent. The volume reviews and rethinks the concept of national cinema in an age of globalization, and goes on to chart the parallel developments of national film industries and the idea of the nation state in countries as diverse as Japan, South Korea, Russia, France, and Italy. The issue of a "national cinema" for nation states of contested status, with disputed borders or displaced peoples, is discussed in relation to filmmaking in Taiwan, Ireland, and Palestine. The contributors also consider the future of national cinema in an age of transnational cultural flows, exploring issues of national identity and cinema in Latin America, Asia, the Middle-East, India, Africa and Europe. Theorizing National Cinemaalso includes a valuable bibliography of works on national cinema.

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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 2/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Valentina Vitali is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of East London. She is editor (with Paul Willemen) of Theorising National Cinema.

Notes on Contributors
Introduction
Theories
History, Textuality, Nation: Kracauer, Burch and Some Problems in the Study of National Cinemas
The National Revisited
Reconceptualising National Cinema/s
Histories
Italian Cinema and History
Russia: The Cinema of Anti-modernity and Backward Progress
National Cinema in Ireland
British Cinema as National Cinema
Ozu and the Nation
The Break-up of the National Body: Cosmetic Multiculturalism and the Films of Miike Takashi
Taiwan New Cinema, or a Global Nativism?
From National Cinema to Cinema and the National: Chinese-language Cinema and Hou Hsiao-hsien's 'Taiwan Trilogy'
'We're in the Money!' A Brief History of Market Power Concentration and Risk Aversion in the American Film Industry from the Edison Trust to the Rise of Transnational Media Conglomerates
National and Postnational French Cinema
From Cine-mania to Blockbusters and Trans-cinema: Reflections on Recent South Korean Cinema
The Hidden Conscience of Estimated Palestine
Crossroads
Early Cinema and Modernity in Latin America
The Quest for/Obsession with the National in Arabic Cinema
National/International/Transnational: The Concept of Trans-Asian Cinema and the Cultural Politics of Film Criticism
Not a Biography of the 'Indian Cinema': Historiography and the Question of National Cinema in India
On the National in African Cinema/s: A Conversation
Spaces of Identity: Communications Technologies and the Reconfiguration of Europe
Bibliography
Index
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