COLOR, MOBILITY, AND CINEMATIC CARTOGRAPHY Talk by Ranjani Mazumdar

COLOR, MOBILITY, AND CINEMATIC CARTOGRAPHY Talk by Ranjani Mazumdar

Oct
28
Oct 28, 2019

COLOR, MOBILITY, AND CINEMATIC CARTOGRAPHY
A Talk by Ranjani Mazumdar
Monday, 28 October, 5.30 pm
Temple Center City
1515 Market Street, #222

A fascination for color in the 1960s led to Bombay cinema’s mobilization of the hinterland as the site for a new future. With the development of Indian highways and an increase in automobility, a new map of India now occupied the cinematic imagination. The highways and the automobiles of the 1960s intersected with the new infrastructure of shooting made available by the arrival of lighter cameras, sound equipment, and Eastman color stock. The result: a densely layered image about fantasy and desire. This paper presents two cinematic tendencies to stage the links between the infrastructure of automobile culture, the highway, industrial development outside the city, and 1960s Bombay Cinema. 

Ranjani Mazumdar is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She is the author of Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City

Organized by the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University (cinema@temple.edu) with generous support from  the Lectures and Forums Committee, Temple University and The Cinema and Media Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Discussion led by Rahul Mukherjee, Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies, University of Pennsylvania

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