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In Black and White: Hollywood and the Melodrama of Guru Dutt

Darius Cooper (Author)
Synopsis Born on 9 July 1925 into a Saraswat Family of Mangalore and educated in the liberal climate of Calcutta. Guru Dutt started his own production company in 1954 with Aar Paar, and never looked back till Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, 1962, his last film. On 9 October 1964, he committed suicide. His oeuvre is now widely regarded as one of the most rich and significant legacies of Indian cinema, amongst the finest examples of the melodrama mode. This volume aims to lay before the reader the particular melodramatic tradition of the hindi film that Guru Dutt typified. The critical fragments spread over the books six chapters are taken from the body of work done by critics in elevating the Hollywood melodrama, primarily of the forties and fifties, to critical acceptability and respectability. Dutt’s Indian melodramas, functioning around the same time, seem to be assembled in very similar ways and when examined under these rubrics, reveal a high level of vision and craftsmanship.
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About the author

Darius Cooper

Darius Cooper is Professor of LIterature and film n the English Department at San Diego Mesa College, USA. His first book, Between Tradition and Modernity: The Cinema of Satyajit Ray was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000. His essays on Indian cinema have appeared in Film Quarterly (Berkeley). East-West Film Journal (Hawaii), The Journal of Commonwealth and Post-Colonial Studies (Georgia), Women's Studies (Claremont), The Toronto South Asian Review (Canada), Asian Cinema (Pennsylvania) and in the anthology Colonialism and Ntionalism in asian Cinema (Indiana). He has also been published widely as a poet and short fiction writer.

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Title In Black and White: Hollywood and the Melodrama of Guru Dutt
Author Darius Cooper
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170462177
length viii+92p., Plates; Notes; 25cm.