Travel Cinematography and the Indian City: The Imperial Spectacle of Geography at the End of the Long Nineteenth Century

Cinquegrani, Maurizio (2010) Travel Cinematography and the Indian City: The Imperial Spectacle of Geography at the End of the Long Nineteenth Century. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 32 (1). pp. 65-78. ISSN 0890-5495. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

This article looks at the ways in which early films, as much as photography and colonial exhibitions, transported the spectators to a version of India existing in great part as the creation of unchecked British imagination. Late Victorians and Edwardians stepped into this exotic world through different media, and cinematic exposure to the East would soon dominate visual culture and consolidate the East as a product of European imagination.It investigates the ways in which at the end of the so-called long nineteenth century a very Victorian passion for geographical spectacle migrated to early films of urban spaces in colonized territories, and reassess the part played by early films in the imperial project by investigating the cinematic image of Indian cities between 1895 and 1914.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: India; Early Film city; Benares; Varanasi; Delhi
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2994 Film Studies
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Maurizio Cinquegrani
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 13:54
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2013 09:05
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31644 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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