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Outsider: Films on India, 1950-1990

Shanay Jhaveri (Editor)
Synopsis Cinema has always provided a special lens for viewing India and, when combined with an outsider’s perspective, reveals new and often refreshingly significant facets of its culture and society.

Beautifully designed with a hundred illustrations in colour and black and white, Outsider Films on India presents a varied interpretation of the country as well as its relationship with the West through a discussion of ten distinctive films, some documentary and some fictional, spanning forty years from India’s independence.

International critics, artists and scholars have delved deep into this carefully assembled list, from Jean Renoir’s The River and Fritz Lang’s The Tiger of Eschnapur to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Notes for a Film on India and Alain Corneau’s Nocturne Indien. Their conversations, reflections and polemics trace the evolution of ideas about India as viewed onscreen, re-assess its cultural development and simultaneously lay bare a meditation on foreignness. Hidden aspects of the films are also rought into unprecedented focus.

For scholars and cinephiles, Indophiles and travelers, this book is a revelation.
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About the author

Shanay Jhaveri

Shanay Jhaveri is a writer and filmmaker, recently graduated from Brown University in the U.S.A. He travels between Mumbai and London.

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Bibliographic information

Title Outsider: Films on India, 1950-1990
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190472011, 9788190472012
length 264p., Illustrations; Plates; Index; 19cm.