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Posts from — November 2008

Review: Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

To say that a new dawn is visible in Bollywood is a tad contrived, but somehow that is all I can think of when I think about Dibakar Banerjee, the director of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Banerjee’s earlier film, Khosla Ka Ghosla came at a time when small-budget films with relatively unknown or character actors like Parvin Dabbas, Ranvir Shorey and Boman Irani were still treading a tightrope between appreciation and rejection, and yet, the honesty of the film, its complete rootedness, pulled it through, and got Banerjee a National Award. [Read more →]

November 29, 2008   5 Comments  

The case of Dostana

If you’re looking for evidence of Bollywood coming of age, then please direct your glance somewhere far far away from Karan Johar. He has never claimed to be anything more than an entertainer, and that is exactly what he is. One wonders what it means when posters of a film say, ‘Karan Johar presents Dostana. Directed by Tarun Mansukhani.’ Is he merely a producer, or has he somehow stamped the film with the hoo haa Dharma Productions is famous for? [Read more →]

November 18, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) International Symposium on Trans Cinema Studies

May 2009 at the University of Amsterdam Co-sponsored by T-Image Foundation and The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis Convened by Eliza Steinbock, PhD Candidate at ASCA and board member of T-Image Foundation [Read more →]

November 18, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Acting Out – A symposium on Screen Performance, Inference and Interpretation

“Clearly films depend on a form of communication whereby meanings are acted out.” (Naremore, Acting in the Cinema, p. 2) [Read more →]

November 18, 2008   No Comments  

Acting Out – A symposium on Screen Performance, Inference and Interpretation

This one-day symposium seeks to provide a forum for scholars of screen acting to meet and progress the spate of recent work on performance on film. We would like to explore how we draw out performance through an interrogation of the relationship between performance, inference and interpretation, but will consider proposals on other screen performance related issues. [Read more →]

November 13, 2008   No Comments  

*Postcommunist Visual Culture and Cinema: Interdisciplinary Studies, Methodology, Dissemination

This AHRC sponsored conference is organised jointly by the Centre for Film Studies and the Centre for Russian, Soviet and Eastern European Studies at the University of St. Andrews. It will bring together doctoral students from the United Kingdom and Europe, whose work is focused on the visual culture and cinema of the post-Communist period. The main objective is to launch a productive dialogue on methodological and practical issues affecting all those engaged in the study of the film and visual culture of the postcommunist period. [Read more →]

November 13, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Archives and Auteurs. Filmmakers and their archives

A conference bringing archivists, academics, curators and researchers together to discuss the ways in which study of the archives of filmmakers and the film industry can provide new perspectives and insights into the history of cinema. [Read more →]

November 13, 2008   No Comments  

Musings on Hellboy and the superhero

With the fuss around the almost-superhero – James Bond, relooking at this much-loved genre becomes inevitable. A strange dichotomy faces us today, technological advances are at an all time high, to put it crudely, with James Bond all but flying, it looks like very few things are unachievable; and yet, the demand [Read more →]

November 12, 2008   No Comments  

The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain

AHRC-Funded Beyond Text Network “The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain”

The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain: Textual, Material, Technological Sources [Read more →]

November 9, 2008   No Comments  

ACLA Seminar: Gender in Local Cinema: Theories and Practices of Spectatorship

ACLA Annual Meeting, March 26-29 2009 Cambridge, MA

Local, non-Western cinemas played little role in the development of the major theories of spectatorship of the sixties and seventies, theories which remain influential even as increasing attention is paid to [Read more →]

November 9, 2008   No Comments