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The Art of Cinema An Insider's Journey Through Fifty Years of Film History
The Art of Cinema An Insider's Journey Through Fifty Years of Film History
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As a film-maker and film historian, B.D. Garga has closely witnessed and participated in the growth of Indian cinema from the early 1940s. With more than fifty year's experience as a film journalist, and having served on various national and international film festival juries, he is probably India's foremost authority on the subject of cinema.

In this extraordinary collection of essays, Garga delves into the vast repertoire of his scholarship and experience to provide an insider's view of Indian and international cinema over the years. Even as he discusses the contribution of men behind the screen - the director, editor, cinematographer - he profiles some of the greatest masters of Indian cinema, like Himanshu Rai and P.C. Barua, Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor, while critically analyzing some classic films from the golden era of cinema in India - Devdas (1935) and Sant Tukaram (1936) to Mother India (1957) and Mughal-e-Azam (1960).

Embellished with over forty exquisite and vintage photographs from the author's private collection, The Art of Cinema also contain fascinating essay that highlight the contribution of the soviet masters to international cinema; address important issue like film censorship, sex in Indian films and the relationship between film and politics; and provide a memorable account of the origins of cinema in India and the country's many cinematic milestones.

About the Author:

Bhagwan Das Garga is one of the India's most eminent film scholars and a founder member of the National Film Archive, Pune. Born in Lehra, Punjab, in 1924' he began working in films under the eminent film-maker V. Shantaram. He made his first documentary, Strom Over Kashmir, in 1948-49 and has since than written, directed and produced over fifty documentary films.

Between 1953 and 1957, he worked with various film units in Europe and at the Mosfilm Studios, Muscow. After spending years extensively researching the history of Indian cinema, he produced the first film anthology to commemorate its golden jubilee in 1963. In 1967, he was invited by the UNESCO to be on the committee of experts on the 'History of World Cinema'. He served as a member of the Film Federation of India for his contribution to the growth of cinema in the country. In 1996, his book so Many Cinemas: The Motion Picture in India was published to wide acclaim and has since been hailed as a seminal work of Indian cinema. The same year he was honoured with the first V. Shantaram Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Mumbai International Film Festival.

He currently resides with his wife in Goa and is working on a hand book on the non-fiction film.

CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS IX
FOREWORD BY DILEEP PADAGAONKAR XI
MEN BEHIND THE SCENES
THE DIRECTOR 3
THE CAMERAMAN 9
THE SOUND RECORDIST 13
THE EDITOR 19
THE GREATS OF INDIAN CINEMA
HIMANSU RAI 27
DEBAKI BOSE AND P.C. BARUA 31
SOHRAB MODI 36
NITIN BOSE 39
V. SHANTARAM 44
BIMAL ROY 51
K.A. ABBAS 58
K. ASIF AND KAMAAL AMROHI 61
GURU DUTT 67
RAJ KAPOOR 73
INDIAN CLASSICS REVISITED
DEVDAS (1935): A PRINCE REVISITED 83
SANT TUKARAM (1936, MARATHI) 90
ACHHUT KANYA (1936) 94
VIDYAPATI (1937) 97
DUNIYA NA MANE (1937) 102
PUKAR (1939) 106
AURAT (1940) AND MOTHER INDIA (1957) 109
RAMSHASTRI (1944) 113
CHANDRALEKHA (1948) 117
MUGHAL-E-AZAM (1960) 121
MONTAGE
SWEDISH CINEMA: MIND OVER MATTER 127
VSEVOLOD PUDOVKIN: THE PROPHET OF CINEMA 130
EISENSTEIN: GENIUS AS TEACHER 135
IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART TWO 143
EISENTEIN AND AFTER: A VIEW OF SOVIET CINEMA 150
LITERATURE TO FILM 155
THE ROMANCE OF OUR SHOW HOUSES 160
BACKGROUND TO INDIAN CINEMA 165
SOUND TRACK IN THE INDIAN FILMS 173
OUR COLOUR FILMS 180
SEX IN INDIAN CINEMA 184
THE MASK OF TRAGEDY 189
POLITICS AND CINEMA 194
THOUGHTS ON CENSORSHIP 202
ON SATYAJIT RAY 208
FILMING RAY 212
SHORT FILM, LONG PROMISE 217
BEYOND OUR FRONTIERS 228
REACHING OUT TO FILM IN INDIA 234
FRAGMENTS OF A LIFE 244
INDEX 250

The Art of Cinema An Insider's Journey Through Fifty Years of Film History

Item Code:
IDF153
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2005
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd.
ISBN:
067005853X
Language:
English
Size:
8.9" X 5.6"
Pages:
281 (B & W Illus: 46)
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From the Jacket:

As a film-maker and film historian, B.D. Garga has closely witnessed and participated in the growth of Indian cinema from the early 1940s. With more than fifty year's experience as a film journalist, and having served on various national and international film festival juries, he is probably India's foremost authority on the subject of cinema.

In this extraordinary collection of essays, Garga delves into the vast repertoire of his scholarship and experience to provide an insider's view of Indian and international cinema over the years. Even as he discusses the contribution of men behind the screen - the director, editor, cinematographer - he profiles some of the greatest masters of Indian cinema, like Himanshu Rai and P.C. Barua, Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor, while critically analyzing some classic films from the golden era of cinema in India - Devdas (1935) and Sant Tukaram (1936) to Mother India (1957) and Mughal-e-Azam (1960).

Embellished with over forty exquisite and vintage photographs from the author's private collection, The Art of Cinema also contain fascinating essay that highlight the contribution of the soviet masters to international cinema; address important issue like film censorship, sex in Indian films and the relationship between film and politics; and provide a memorable account of the origins of cinema in India and the country's many cinematic milestones.

About the Author:

Bhagwan Das Garga is one of the India's most eminent film scholars and a founder member of the National Film Archive, Pune. Born in Lehra, Punjab, in 1924' he began working in films under the eminent film-maker V. Shantaram. He made his first documentary, Strom Over Kashmir, in 1948-49 and has since than written, directed and produced over fifty documentary films.

Between 1953 and 1957, he worked with various film units in Europe and at the Mosfilm Studios, Muscow. After spending years extensively researching the history of Indian cinema, he produced the first film anthology to commemorate its golden jubilee in 1963. In 1967, he was invited by the UNESCO to be on the committee of experts on the 'History of World Cinema'. He served as a member of the Film Federation of India for his contribution to the growth of cinema in the country. In 1996, his book so Many Cinemas: The Motion Picture in India was published to wide acclaim and has since been hailed as a seminal work of Indian cinema. The same year he was honoured with the first V. Shantaram Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Mumbai International Film Festival.

He currently resides with his wife in Goa and is working on a hand book on the non-fiction film.

CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS IX
FOREWORD BY DILEEP PADAGAONKAR XI
MEN BEHIND THE SCENES
THE DIRECTOR 3
THE CAMERAMAN 9
THE SOUND RECORDIST 13
THE EDITOR 19
THE GREATS OF INDIAN CINEMA
HIMANSU RAI 27
DEBAKI BOSE AND P.C. BARUA 31
SOHRAB MODI 36
NITIN BOSE 39
V. SHANTARAM 44
BIMAL ROY 51
K.A. ABBAS 58
K. ASIF AND KAMAAL AMROHI 61
GURU DUTT 67
RAJ KAPOOR 73
INDIAN CLASSICS REVISITED
DEVDAS (1935): A PRINCE REVISITED 83
SANT TUKARAM (1936, MARATHI) 90
ACHHUT KANYA (1936) 94
VIDYAPATI (1937) 97
DUNIYA NA MANE (1937) 102
PUKAR (1939) 106
AURAT (1940) AND MOTHER INDIA (1957) 109
RAMSHASTRI (1944) 113
CHANDRALEKHA (1948) 117
MUGHAL-E-AZAM (1960) 121
MONTAGE
SWEDISH CINEMA: MIND OVER MATTER 127
VSEVOLOD PUDOVKIN: THE PROPHET OF CINEMA 130
EISENSTEIN: GENIUS AS TEACHER 135
IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART TWO 143
EISENTEIN AND AFTER: A VIEW OF SOVIET CINEMA 150
LITERATURE TO FILM 155
THE ROMANCE OF OUR SHOW HOUSES 160
BACKGROUND TO INDIAN CINEMA 165
SOUND TRACK IN THE INDIAN FILMS 173
OUR COLOUR FILMS 180
SEX IN INDIAN CINEMA 184
THE MASK OF TRAGEDY 189
POLITICS AND CINEMA 194
THOUGHTS ON CENSORSHIP 202
ON SATYAJIT RAY 208
FILMING RAY 212
SHORT FILM, LONG PROMISE 217
BEYOND OUR FRONTIERS 228
REACHING OUT TO FILM IN INDIA 234
FRAGMENTS OF A LIFE 244
INDEX 250
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