Arab Cinema: History And Cultural Identity Revised And Updated Edition


by Shafik, Viola

Arab Cinema: History And Cultural Identity Revised And Updated Edition

Price:  US$34.06   (SGD47.31*)
Format:  Paper Back, 423 pages
Published:  2016, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789774166907
SB#:  058846 (105)

About This Book

Since it was first published in 1998, Viola Shafik's Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity has become an indispensable work for scholars of film and the contemporary Middle East. Combining detailed narrative history-economic, ideological, and aesthetic-with thought-provoking analysis, Arab Cinema provides a comprehensive overview of cinema in the Arab world, tracing the industry's development from colonial times to the present. It analyzes the ambiguous relationship with commercial western cinema, and the effect of Egyptian market dominance in the region. Tracing the influence on the medium of local and regional art forms and modes of thought, both classical and popular, Shafik shows how indigenous and external factors combine in a dynamic process of "cultural repackaging." Now updated to reflect cultural shifts in the last two decades, this revised edition contains a new afterword highlighting the latest developments in popular and in art-house filmmaking, with a special focus on Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and the Gulf States.


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