|Title||The Medieval in Film|
|Sub Title||Representing a Contested Time on the Indian Screen (1920s-1960s)|
Wars nationalism economic depression colonisation decolonisation and more recently globalisation have affected perceptions of contemporary as well as past worlds. Cinema a popular medium directed to the broadest possible audience has reacted to and in turn shaped the changing political social and economic conditions of the times. The Medieval in Film investigates how the cinematic medium negotiated the dominant ideas of history in order to construct a range of historical imageries. Focusing on the medieval epocha notion of historical age which came only during the colonial period as an equivalent to the European idea of Middle Agesit studies the influences of various nationalist imaginations of the past unmistakably present after the emergence of a mass-based nationalist movement in the 1920s and 30s. The pre-modern idea of society and governance in the medieval period came under attack from the modern colonial rulers. Also because of its association with the Islamic ruling class it was criticised by the dominant Hindu nationalist ethos of the time. The volume examines this contested time on screen and raises questions like How did the internal organisation of the film industry guide the articulations of certain stereotypical images of the medieval during the 1920s to 1960s How did dominant historiographical interpretations influence a popular production like film in the colonial and the post-colonial situation Did the cinematic representation succeed in codifying medieval reality with stereotypes other than that of elitist vision of historicity With an extensive filmography and detailed bibliography the words that populate the book are also complemented with glimpses of posters and scenes from the films discussed in the book. An important read for students and scholars of film studies history visual anthropology South Asian studies and culture studies.The Medieval in Film, Author: Urvi Mukhopadhyay, Category: Book, ISBN: 9788125050988, Condition: New."