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CMS 320 A: Cinema and Nation

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
RAI 121
SLN: 
12289
Instructor:
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Sudhir Mahadevan

Syllabus Description:

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Week :1 Introduction: Song and Dance

Week 2: 1950's: Melodrama and the Basic Template of Commercial Cinema

Week 3: 1950's: Realism and the Emergence of a Parallel Art Cinema Tradition

Week 4 to 5.1: 1970's to 1990's: From the "Masala" Film to Bollywood

Week 5.2: Midterm Exam

Week 6.1: 2000s: Copyright, Piracy, Globalization

Week 6.2 to 8.1 : Contemporary Regional Cinema

Week 8.2 to 10: Multiplex Cinema, Contemporary Bollywood Blockbusters, Contemporary Indian Art Cinema

 

READING AND VIEWING SCHEDULE

 

WEEK 1

March 27th

Indian Cinema: An Elementary Introduction

Watch: Dil Se

 

Read:

Gopal and Sen, Inside and Out: Song and Dance in Bollywood Cinema;

Ganti, Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi CInema

March 29th

Are Indian movies 'musicals'?

Read: Creekmur, Picturizing American Cinema, Hindi Film Song and the Last Days of Genre

Suggested: Singing in the Rain OR The Graduate

 

WEEK 2

April 3rd

The 1950s: Indian melodrama

Watch: Awara

 

Read: Brooks, the Melodramatic Mode

April 5

1950s Indian Melodrama abroad

Read: Hang, The Law Has No Conscience

WEEK 3

April 10th

The emergence of Italian Neorealism

Watch: Bicycle Thieves (UW LOGIN REQUIRED)

http://washington.kanopy.com/video/bicycle-thieves 

Read:

Zavattini, Some Ideas on the Cinema;

Mazumdar, importing neorealism, exporting cinema

April 12

Parallel/Art Cinema in India

Watch: Pather Panchali (UW LOGIN REQUIRED)

http://washington.kanopy.com/video/pather-panchali 

Read: Majumdar, Pather Panchali in Film Analysis: a Norton Reader

WEEK 4

April 17

The Angry Young Man: Amitabh Bachchan

Watch: Deewar

Read: Anjaria, Amitabh Bachchan 

April 19

1990s: The Bollywood Moment and Shah Rukh Khan

Watch: DDLJ

 

Read:

Thussu, The Globalization of Bollywood, in Global Bollywood;

Higson, The Concept of National Cinema

WEEK 5

April 24th

1990s: The city in Hindi cinema

Watch: Satya (1998)

 

Read:

Vasudevan, The Exhilaration of Dread

SUGGESTED: de Certeau, Walking in the City

April 26

MIDTERM

WEEK 6

May 1

Copyright and Piracy

Watch: Supermen of Malegaon

Read: Kramer,  End of the  Hollywood Rip-Off; Tiwary, Discreet Charms of Local Practices

May 3

Hong Kong Martial Arts in India

Watch: Enter the Dragon

 

S.V. Srinivas, Hong Kong Action Film in the B-Circuit (pdf)

Suggested: Prashad, Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting, Chapter 5**

WEEK 7

May 8

Regional Cinema: the Northeast

Watch: Local Kung Fu

Read: Appadurai, Disjuncture and Difference

May 10

Regional Cinema: Marathi Cinema; Caste Politics

Watch: Fandry (2013) on NETFLIX or AMAZON VIDEO

Watch: Interview with Mridu Rai

WEEK 8

May 17th

Regional Cinema: Tamil Cinema

Watch: Subramanyapuram

 

Read: Subramaniapuram Dossier

Week 9

May 22

Multiplex Cinema

Watch: LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhoka (2010)

Read:

Tanvir, Through the Digital Peephole

May 24

Contemporary Bollywood

Watch: Kahaani

Read: Woods, Calcutta and the Woman

Week 10

May 29th

Art Cinema

Watch: Ship of Theseus

 

Read: Galt and Schoonover, Art Cinema: An Impure Genre

May 31st

The Bollywood Blockbuster: Dangal on NETFLIX

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:13pm
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