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Reel World : An Anthropology of Creation (Paperback) (Anand Pandian)

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Reel World explores what happens to life when everything begins to look and feel like cinema. Drawing on years of fieldwork with Tamil filmmakers, artists, musicians, and craftsmen in the south Indian movie studios of "Kollywood," Anand Pandian examines how ordinary moments become elements of a cinematic world. With inventive, experimental, and sometimes comical zeal, Pandian pursues the sensory richness of cinematic experience and the adventure of a writing true to these sensations. Thinking with the visceral power of sound and image, his stories also broach deeply philosophical themes such as desire, time, wonder, and imagination. In a spirit devoted to the turbulence and uncertainty of genesis,Reel World brings into focus an ecology of creative process: the many forces, feelings, beings, and things that infuse human endeavors with transformative potential.
Reel World explores what happens to life when everything begins to look and feel like film. Drawing on years of fieldwork with Tamil filmmakers, artists, musicians, and writers in the south Indian movie studios of "Kollywood," Anand Pandian examines the nature of cinematic experience in the contemporary world. With inventive, experimental, and sometimes comical zeal, Pandian pursues the sensory texture of media production, from improvised scripts to choreographed songs, between rickety sets and digital labs. Grappling with cinema as a medium of thought and sensation, his stories also broach deeply philosophical themes such as wonder, time, fate, and imagination. As he trails Tamil films through the turbulence and uncertainty of their emergence, Pandian brings into focus an ecology of creation: the forces, feelings, images, and things that invest human endeavors with creative potential.
Number of Pages: 339
Genre: Social Science, Performing Arts, History
Sub-Genre: Film + Video / History + Criticism, Asia / India + South Asia, Anthropology / Cultural
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
Author: Anand Pandian
Language: English
Street Date: November 23, 2015
TCIN: 21511509
UPC: 9780822360001
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-0678
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