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The Eye of the Serpent: An Introduction to Tamil Cinema

S. Theodore Baskaran (Author)

This is a quintessential book for Cinema buffs and particularly those who are passionate about Tamil cinema, which has the distinction of having played a significant role in history of films in India. Tracing the evolution of Tamil films from the time of pre-independence, when it was anathema for local Congress leaders to be associated with the celluloid, to the arrival of an American, Ellis Dungan, who made masterpieces like Meera, the book showcases vignettes about every important milestone in the vast canvas of Tamil films

In the almost ten decades of its evolution, Tamil cinema has grown to exert a dominant influence on the social and political life of Tamil Nadu in a manner that is unparalleled elsewhere in the world. This seminal volume is an analytical study of Tamil cinema both as an art form and as a socio-political force. Theodore Baskaran traces its history, and presents the achievements of many filmmakers with colourful insights. For the film buff as well as the serious student of film studies, The Eye of the Serpent is a handy reference book on several aspects of Tamil cinema - its character and evolution, the songs and songwriters, filmmakers and script writers, the beginnings of the unique nexus between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu and much more.

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About the author

S. Theodore Baskaran

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran was bom in Dharapuram, Tamil Nadu. After his masters degree in History he worked for a while at Tamil Nadu Archives and later entered the Indian Postal Service. A recipient of fellowships from the Tamil Nadu Council of Historical Research and Department of Culture, Government of India, he has written extensively on Tamil cinema, wildlife and conservation in academic journals and leading magazines and presented papers at several international conferences on media and popular culture. He is the author of The Message Bearers: Nationalist Politics and the Entertainment Media in South India 1880-1945 (Cre-A, 1981), a standard reference work on the early history of South Indian cinema and popular theatre. Baskaran was a consultant for Encyclopaedia on Indian Cinema (OUP, 1994). He served as a jury in the National Film awards 2003. His book History Through the Lens: Perspectives on South Indian Cinema (Orient Blackswan) came out in 2009.

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Title The Eye of the Serpent: An Introduction to Tamil Cinema
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition Reprint.
Publisher Tranquebar Press
Language: English
isbn 9789383260744
length xv+292p., 8 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; 20cm.