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  • 16.1 : 2007 : PDF: Film Fragments, Documentary History, and Colonial Indian Cinema by Neepa Majumdar
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    Film Fragments, Documentary History, and Colonial Indian Cinema

    by Neepa Majumdar

    Abstract: Only three silent-era documentaries from India have survived. While offering textual features for analysis, these films also raise issues of historiography, such as the formation of accidental canons based on the fortunes of survival/destruction; the various frameworks in which partial readings of such films are possible; the relation between colonial and local documentary cinema, in particular, films promoting the Indian Railways; and genres of photography such as the picturesque in documentary practice.

    Résumé: Seulement trois documentaires muets indiens existent toujours. Au-delà de l’analyse textuelle, l’examen de ces films soulève plusieurs questions historiographiques, telles que la formation accidentelle du canon reliée au hasard de la survie ou de la disparation des œuvres; les conditions de lecture partielle que ces films permettent; les relations entre le cinéma local et le cinéma colonial, en particulier pour les films de promotion de la Indian Railways; et les styles de photographies déployés dans ces documentaires, tel le pittoresque.

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