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Hours In The Dark: Essays On Cinema

Hours In The Dark: Essays On Cinema
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Item Code: IDE848
Author: T.G. Vaidyanathan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 019564915X
Pages: 301
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.5"
From the Jacket:

T.G. Vaidyanathan has always been the reviewer most film-makers, critics, and movie-goers paid attention to. This collection of essays covers nearly three decades of film criticism by him. The book gathers together his essays on individual films in several languages, both Indian and foreign. The essays are energetic and acerbic, often partisan, but never dull. Written in an approachable style, they bring alive years of movie-watching in a manner neither entirely journalistic nor academic.

The film discussed range from the Taviani brothers' Padre Padrone to Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs and Benegal's Trikaal. There is a special section on Satyajit Ray, general pieces on the concerns of modern cinema in India, as well as accounts of Vaidynathan's encounters with directors such as Roman Polanski and Tomas Gutierrez Alea. The book includes an annotated bibliography with suggestions for further reading.

Excerpts From Reviews:

'Hours in the Dark is … an incisive observation into the succession of moving images through most of the century. …Nothing by any other Indian film writer comes anywhere near it.'

- The Hindu

'Hours in the Dark is a joyous celebration of the movies… a wonderful read'.

- Indian Express

About the Author:

T.G. Vaidyanathan taught English Literature at Bangalore University. He has been lecturing and publishing on cinema for many years and this is the first time his essays have been collected. His other books include Vishnu on Freud's Desk: A Reader in Hinduism and Psychoanalysis (OUP, 1999), which he co-edited with Jeffrey J. Kripal.


Perspectives from the West1
1. Towards a Century of Cinema3
2. Denouement in the Modern Film9
3. Western or Anti-western? 20
4. The Welles Charisma23
5. Fassbinder: Breaking the Heart Without Betraying the Mind26
6. Bergman's Swan Song30
7. Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow-up (1966) 36
8. Costa-Gavras, Z (1969) 40
9. Milos Forman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 45
10. Francis Ford Coppola, Godfather Part II (1975) 49
11. James Ivory, Roseland (1977) 54
12. Vittorio and Paulo Taviani, Padre Padrone (1977) 58
13. Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 62
14. Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire 198165
15. Jonathan Demme, The Silence of the Lambs(1991) 68
16. Martin Scorcese, Cape Fear (1991) 72
Some Aspects of Modern Indian Cinema77
1. The Problems of Post-colonial Cinema 79
2. Art and Commerce: Is There a Choice? 86
3. Films from Literature91
4. Richard Attenborough, Gandhi198295
5. Aparna Sen, 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) 109
6. Aparna Sen, Paroma(1985) 114
7. Shyam Benegal, Junoon (1978) 118
8. Shyam Benegal, Trikaal (1985) 127
Satyajit Ray: Artist and Craftsman129
1. The Humanism of Ray131
2. Pather Panchali (1955) 136
3. Death in the Apu Trilogy 150
4. Nayak(1966) 158
5. Seemabaddha (1971) 162
6. Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) 170
A View of the South179
1. Kannada Cinema: An Overview181
2. The Cinema of Girish Kasaravalli187
3. Girish Kasaravalli, Tabarana Kathe(1987) 197
4. Girish Kasaravalli, Bannada Vesha (1988) 202
5. Girish Karnad, B.V.Karanth, Vamsha Vriksha(1971) 205
6. B.V. Karanth, Chomana Dudi 1975214
7. Pattabhi Rama Reddy, Chanda Marutha(1977) 219
8. Prema Karanth, Phaniyamma (1982) 223
9. Baragur Ramachandrappa, Kote(1989) 229
10. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Swayamvaram (1972) 232
11. M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Nirmalyam(1973) 236
12. P. Madhavan, Mythological Syndrome in Tamil Cinema247
13. K. Balachander, Arangetram (1973) 253
14. J. Mahendran, Udhiri Pookal(1979) 258
1. Alea and the Cuban Revolution265
2. A Portrait of Polanski269
3. Youssef Chahine, 'Lilli Marlena' and the El Alamein Battle272
4. Marianne Ahrne and the Invandrare276
Annotated Bibliography279

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