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ARAB CINEMA: HISTORY AND CULTURAL IDENTITY. Viola Shafik. American University in Cairo Press, 2015. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 320 pp. with 50 ills. ISBN 9789774166907 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: 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.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 169697
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