Since the start of the 1990s, despite tougher competition than ever before from Hollywood, a rebirth and flourishing of cinema has been taking place in parts of Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia. This book provides an overview of the cinemas of these regions, interpreting some of the recent developments as strategic responses to globalisation. Highlighting transnational and cross-cultural structures, influences and themes, it offers: * A broad critical context for the study of contemporary world cinema, introducing key concepts and issues including modes of production and distribution. * Cultural and historical background for the cinemas of each region, with analyses of regional aesthetic styles and comparisons with Hollywood models. * Case studies of Scandinavian, Iranian, Hong Kong and Indian cinema. * Close analysis of twelve landmark films, including Thomas Vinterberg's Festen, Samira Makhmalbaf's The Apple, Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood For Love, and Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan. Contemporary World Cinema is vital for students and teachers of film, media, cultural studies and modern languages, as well as general world cinema enthusiasts.
Shohini Chaudhuri is Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Film at the University of Essex.
Introduction; PART ONE: EUROPE; 1. Overview of European Cinema; 2. Case Study: Scandinavian Cinema; PART TWO: THE MIDDLE EAST; 3. Overview of Middle Eastern Cinema; 4. Case Study: New Iranian Cinema; PART THREE: EAST ASIA; 5. Overview of East-Asian Cinema; 6. Case Study: Hong Kong Cinema; PART FOUR: THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT; 7. Overview of Cinema of the Indian Sub-continent; 8. Case Study: Indian Cinema; Conclusion; Glossary; Further Reading (including Filmography).