Small Cinemas in Global Markets

Small Cinemas in Global Markets : Genres, Identities, Narratives

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Small Cinemas in Global Markets addresses aspects such as identity, revisiting the past, internationalized genres, new forms of experimental cinema, markets and production, as well as technological developments of alternative small screens that open new perspectives into small cinema possibilities. Small and big markets for small industries reveal an unimagined diversification of the cultural product and consequently the need to analyze the impact at local, regional, and global levels. Much needed to continue and expand the existing scholarship in the field, this volume is based on research by authors who approach their subject from Western theoretical perspectives with a professional (mostly native) knowledge of the language, cultural realities, and film industry practices. It covers aspects from fifteen different countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, China (Hong Kong), Croatia, East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda), Greece, Indonesia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Morocco, and the United States.
Since both film and documentary distribution from certain areas of the globe on international markets remains problematic, it is important for the academic field to discuss and circulate them as much as possible, and to create the basis for further exploration. Documenting and reflecting on the role, state, and reception of the film industry provides scholarly understanding to the industry's wide range of seemingly chaotic technological transformations.
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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 22 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739196529
  • 9780739196526
  • 2,237,149

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Small Cinemas Discovered Anew? Chapter 1: Gender and National Identity Politics in Inch' Allah Dimanche: Transnational Feminist Quests and Calls for A New French Hybridity, Catherine Douillet Chapter 2: New Cinema of Nostalgia in Poland, Janina Falkowska Chapter 3: The Power of the Local: Greek Documentaries in the 2000s, Lydia Papadimitriou Part II: Affirming Identity Chapter 4: Police Adjective: A Journey and a Halt Straight to the Center of Words, Catalina Florina Florescu Chapter 5: Identities in the New Romanian Cinema, Lenuta Giukin Chapter 6: Bolivian Road Movies, Travel Chronicles, Andres Laguna Tapia Chapter 7: The Apparitions of A Day Gone By and The Stasis of the Present in the Films of Sarunas Bartas, Renata Sukaityte Part III: Markets and Industries Chapter 8: A New Orphan Island Paradise: Hong Kong Cinema and the Struggles of the Local, 1945-1965, David Desser Chapter 9: New Croatian Cinema: Literature and Genre in the Post-Yugoslav Era, Nikica Gilic Chapter 10: The State Market and the Indonesian Film Industry, Tito Imanda Chapter 11: Filmmaking in East Africa: Focus on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Milica Slavkovic Chapter 12: New Bulgarian Documentary, Marian Tutui Part IV: Small Screens, Small Narratives Chapter 13: The Lost Origins of Personal-Screen Cinema, Steven Wingate Chapter 14 : The Size of the Screens: Technologies and New Models of Seeing and Hearing, Jose Claudio Siqueira Castanheira Afterword, Dina Iordanova
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Review quote

This collection draws together cutting edge engagements that prove the grandeur of small cinema. It offers simultaneously critical investigations of the designation small cinema, and overviews of the production conditions in our complexly connected globalized world. It challenges older national and counter-cinematic models of analysis and establishes new paradigms for analyzing the moving-images of the twenty-first century. -- Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh These chapters explore a wide range of films through different approaches and analytical methodologies. The contributors persuasively argue for an expanded definition of small cinema, based upon an array of criteria from geopolitical provenance to innovative format. -- Nevena Dakovic, University of Arts in Belgrade The editors of this timely volume build on influential work on "minor cinemas" and on related concepts such as small, peripheral, regional, minoritarian, ethnic, local, private and political. At the same time, in what is probably the greatest merit of the book, they refuse to impose a taxonomy on these cinemas or try to make certain films fit standard organizing grids. Theme, genre, historical period, and geography intersect as structuring concepts in the fourteen chapters, which cover evolving and hybrid genres, new markets, funding strategies, and identities. -- Aniko Imre, University of Southern California
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About Dina Iordanova

Lenuta Giukin is associate professor of French language and literature at the State University of New York in Oswego. Janina Falkowska is professor in the Department of Film Studies at the University of Western Ontario. David Desser is emeritus professor of cinema studies and comparative and world literatures at the University of Illinois.
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