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Africa's lost classics : new histories of African cinema

Author: Lizelle Bisschoff; David Murphy
Publisher: London : Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing, 2014.
Series: Moving image (Modern Humanities Research Association), 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Until recently, the story of African film was marked by a series of truncated histories: many outstanding films from earlier decades were virtually inaccessible and thus often excluded from critical accounts. However, various conservation projects since the turn of the century have now begun to make many of these films available to critics and audiences in a way that was unimaginable just a decade ago. In this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lizelle Bisschoff; David Murphy
ISBN: 9781907975516 1907975519
OCLC Number: 896613549
Description: xvi, 217 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Foreword : If I'm wrong, I'm right / Mark Cousins --
Introduction : Revising the classics : opening up the archives of African cinema / Lizelle Bisschoff and David Murphy --
Part I. Lost histories, 1924-69 --
The birth of North African cinema / Ouissal Mejri --
"Lost classics" in context : film production in South Africa 1920-1960 / Jacqueline Maingard --
Francophone West African cinema, 1955-1969 : false starts and new beginnings / David Murphy --
Part II. North Africa --
Forgotten women, lost histories : Selma Baccar's Fatma 75 (1978) and Assia Djebar's La Nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua (1978) / Stefanie Van de Peer --
Naked nation : youth, masculinity, and the coming revolution in Man of ashes (Nouri Bouzid, 1986) / Jamal Bahmad --
Postcolonialism at sea : the tragic ends of history in Badis (Mohamed A. Tazi, 1989) / Jamal Bahmad --
Al Masir/Destiny (Youssef Chahine, 1997) : "a luta continua" / Patrick Williams --
Part III. South Africa --
Jannie Totsiens (Jans Rautenbach, 1970) : of love, loss, and lunacy / Lesley Marx --
Boesman and Lena (Ross Devenish, 1973) : the politics of place and peformance / Lesley Marx --
The stick (Darrell Roodt, 1987) : a mental state / Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk --
Fools (Ramadan Suleman, 1997) : or, the importance of being able to tell "messy" stories at the "wrong" time / Lindiwe Dovey --
Part IV. Francophone Africa --
Toads and cowboys : tracing a popular African cinema in Moustapha Alassane's Le Retour d'un aventurier (1966) and Bon voyage Sim (1966) / Sada Niang --
Soleil O (Med Hondo, 1969) : "they cannot represent themselves ..." / Patrick Williams --
Badou boy (Djibril Diop Mambéy, 1970) : intertextuality, gangster movies, and the language of African film / Sada Niang --
Cinema and nation-building : Muna moto (Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa, 1975) / Alexie Tcheuyap --
Aristotle's plot (Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 1997)) : a refusal to "find" African cinema? / Alexander Fisher --
Part V. Anglophone West Africa --
Heritage Africa (Kwaw Ansah, 1983) : a cinema of political violence / Onookome Okome --
A Nollywood classic : Living in bondage (Kenneth Nnebue, 1992/1993) / Onookome Okome --
Lost in music? Race, culture, and identity in Rage (Newton I. Aduaka, 2000) / David Murphy --
Part VI. Lusophone Africa --
The birth of fiction : On Mueda, memória e massacre (Ruy Guerra, 1979) / Raquel Schefer --
Udju azul di Yonta/The blue eyes of Yonta (Flora Gomes, 1992) : lost dreams/lost in dreams? / Patrick Williams --
Part VII. East Africa --
Harvest 3000 years/Mïrt sost shi amät (Haile Gerima, 1976) : a revolutionary Ethiopian film / Michael W. Thomas --
Women's stories and struggles in These hands (Flora M'mbugu-Schelling, 1992) / Lizelle Bisschoff.
Series Title: Moving image (Modern Humanities Research Association), 5.
Responsibility: edited by Lizelle Bisschoff and David Murphy.

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