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Written by a team of veteran scholars and emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the international traditions of the field, drawing out regional differences in the way that intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been transformed into a field of systematic inquiry. It reflects on the field's conceptual infrastructure, the dominant paradigms and debates, and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks optimistically to the future of film, the institution of cinema, and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film is being called into question by new technological, industrial, and aesthetic developments.

Our Films, Their Films: Some Speculations on Writing Indian Film History
Our films, their films: Some speculations on writing indian film history

When I first began writing about Indian cinema as an Australian film scholar in the 1970s, there was very little material available. There was, it seemed, Erik Barnouw and S. Krishnaswamy's Indian Film (1963; 1980), A Pictorial History of Indian Cinema (1979), a chronicle by Firoze Rangoonwalla, and Satyajit Ray's Our Films, Their Films (1976).1 The major film journals carried very little – the odd review and comment about the size of the industry. On the few occasions that I was brave enough to present a paper at a conference I was greeted with incredulity. Australian colleagues were puzzled as to why I would ...

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