Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context
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- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
This course is designed to give a coherent overview of the development of popular cinema within India, with an emphasis on Hindi films produced in Bombay. The objective is to contextualise this cinema and to study closely particular films so students will be able to analyse critically key films for the study of Indian film and to understand the historical development of this cinema in the context of Indian society.
WorkloadA total of 11 weeks teaching with 2/3 hours classroom contact per week and a film viewing (3 hours) as well as preparation for classroom discussions.
Scope and syllabus
Nine weeks will trace the development of cinema in India, beginning with an introduction to the study of Indian cinema, examining the silent era, the studio period, the ‘Golden Age’, the so-called ‘segmentation’ of cinema, the action cinema, and cinema in the recent media transformation. Two lectures look more closely at the work of two major directors who transformed the Indian cinema.
Films to be viewed include:
- Kaagaz ke phool
- Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge
- Rang de basanti
- Shri 420