World Cinema: A Critical Introduction 1st Edition

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World Cinema: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to film industries across the globe. From the 1980s onwards, new technologies and increased globalization have radically altered the landscape in which films are distributed and exhibited. Films are made from the large-scale industries of India, Hollywood, and Asia, to the small productions in Bhutan and Morocco. They are seen in multiplexes, palatial art cinemas in Cannes, traveling theatres in rural India, and on millions of hand-held mobile screens.

Authors Deshpande and Mazaj have developed a method of charting this new world cinema that makes room for divergent perspectives, traditions, and positions, while also revealing their interconnectedness and relationships of meaning. In doing so, they bring together a broad range of issues and examples―theoretical concepts, viewing and production practices, film festivals, large industries such as Nollywood and Bollywood, and smaller and emerging film cultures―into a systemic yet flexible map of world cinema.

The multi-layered approach of this book aims to do justice to the depth, dynamism, and complexity of the phenomenon of world cinema. For students looking to films outside of their immediate context, this book offers a blueprint that will enable them to transform a casual encounter with a film into a systematic inquiry into world cinema.


“Loaded with information about the circuits of production and consumption that make up this vast and tangled cultural assemblage, World Cinema: A Critical Introduction deftly maps five prominent nodes of the world cinema network in relation to several significant transnational, regional, and smaller cinematic clusters. Indispensable reading for students of film studies, World Cinema is a rich and engaging introduction to the sphere of world cinema.”

Carmela Garritano, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

“Shekhar Deshpande and Meta Mazaj’s World Cinema: A Critical Introduction offers an extremely thorough, insightful, and multidimensional analysis of the current state of World Cinema and World Cinema Studies in all their aspects – historical aesthetic, authorial, industrial, and spectatorial. The book constitutes a stupendous achievement — dense well-researched, well-written and replete with mini-essays on a huge variety of subjects.”

Robert Stam, University Professor, New York University

About the Author:

Shekhar Deshpande is Professor and Founding Chair of Media and Communication Department at Arcadia University, where he held Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker Endowed Chair from 2005-2008. His writings have appeared in Senses of Cinema, Studies in European Cinema, Film International, Seminar and Widescreen. He is the author of the forthcoming Anthology Film and World Cinema.


Meta Mazaj is Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her articles have appeared in Cineaste, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, and Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. She is the author of National and Cynicism in the Post 1990s Balkan Cinema (2008), and co-editor, with Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White, of Critical Visions in Film Theory: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2010).


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