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Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity [Paperback]

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Since it was first published in 1998, Viola Shafik's Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity has become an indispensable work for scholars of film and the contemporary Middle East. Combining detailed narrative history economic, ideological, and aesthetic with thought-provoking analysis, Arab Cinema provides a comprehensive overview of cinema in the Arab world, tracing the industry s development from colonial times to the present. It analyzes the ambiguous relationship with commercial western cinema, and the effect of Egyptian market dominance in the region. Tracing the influence on the medium of local and regional art forms and modes of thought, both classical and popular, Shafik shows how indigenous and external factors combine in a dynamic process of cultural repackaging. Now updated to reflect cultural shifts in the last ten years of cinema, this revised edition contains a new afterword highlighting the latest developments in popular film and in cinma d'auteur (art house movies), with a special focus on Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. While exploring problematic issues such as European co-production for Arab art films, including their relation to cultural identity and their reception in the region and abroad, this new edition introduces readers to some of the most compelling cinematic works of the last decade.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   311
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 27, 2007
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774160657  
ISBN13  9789774160653  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Viola Shafik is a freelance film scholar and filmmaker. She is the author of Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class, and Nation (AUC Press, 2007) and Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity (AUC Press, 1998; revised edition, 2007.)

Viola Shafik was born in 1961.

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