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In darkest Hollywood : exploring the jungles of cinema's South Africa

Author: Peter Davis
Publisher: Randburg, South Africa : Ravan Press ; Athens : Ohio University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the earliest days of cinema, the idea of South Africa - the land of gold, diamonds and Zulus - captured the imagination of film-makers. In Hollywood as much as in Johannesburg, cinema uncritically took over the image of South Africa created by the literature of imperialism. Whites occupied centre frame, with Africans depicted as adjuncts (the faithful servant) or the enemy ('the savage other'). This  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davis, Peter, 1933-
In darkest Hollywood.
Randburg, South Africa : Ravan Press ; Athens : Ohio University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)606001289
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Davis
ISBN: 0821411624 9780821411629 0869754432 9780869754436
OCLC Number: 34557494
Description: viii, 214 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Peter Davis.
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From the earliest days of cinema, the idea of South Africa - the land of gold, diamonds and Zulus - captured the imagination of film-makers. In Hollywood as much as in Johannesburg, cinema uncritically took over the image of South Africa created by the literature of imperialism. Whites occupied centre frame, with Africans depicted as adjuncts (the faithful servant) or the enemy ('the savage other'). This path-breaking study, based on years of original research, interviews with directors, scriptwriters, actors and historians, analyses and describes the development and history of films on South Africa. It encompasses the racist and the colonial, the subtle and the poignant, the commercial and the politically committed. Relating film-making to broader changes both in South African society and elsewhere, In Darkest Hollywood provides a comprehensive and profusely illustrated history and deconstruction of fiction cinema on South Africa.

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