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Bombay Talkies: An Unseen History of Indian Cinema

Debashree Mukherjee (Editor)

Many artists and filmmakers, Jewish and non-Jewish, who wished to escape the coercive, persecutory atmosphere, migrated westward; less well known is their eastward movement to India, where German and East European emigres found work in the Bombay film industry. Among them was the cinematographer Josef Wirsching, who moved to Bombay in the 1930s. In his films for Bombay Talkies, he frequently framed characters through arches, doorways and windows; favoured eccentric camera angles; and masterfully moulded light to create shadows and pools of darkness. These techniques lent themselves beautifully to Bombay Talkies melodramatic screenplays, and thus was the crisis of the alienated individual in post-war Europe transferred to the crisis of the modernising self in a colonised nation. While scores of books on Indian film and its pioneers exist, there is little memory of Josef Wirsching. This illustrated volume invites a variety of film historians and scholars to analyse the cultural significance of Wirsching s photographic archive, thereby situating a film pioneer back into the history of Bombay cinema. 

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About the author

Debashree Mukherjee

Debashree Mukherjee has done her bachelor's and master's degrees in Law from the University of Burdwan. She was the gold medalist in both the degrees and was the awardee of Saroj Mazumdar Medal by the University. She is currently working as Consulting Editor at the Icfai Business School Research Center, Kolkata. Prior to joining Icfai, she has taught law at the University of Burdwan and at various law colleges in Kolkata. Her areas of interests include environment, human rights, international law and international relations.

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Bibliographic information

Title Bombay Talkies: An Unseen History of Indian Cinema
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.03.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789385360787
length 196p.,