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Of Ethnic Battles, Truces, and a "National"1 Cinema: The "Bolly-and-Hollywood Syndrome" as a Catalyst in the Construction of Sri Lankan National Cinema

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Without seeming to highlight ethnic differences, this article proposes a critique of "national" cinema and its construction within an ethno-sensitive context. The question of the "other" is a social reality that determines much of what is said and done in Sri Lankan society. And the cinema is no exception. Within the wider scope of discussions on Sri Lankan cinema, this article will focus on the formative years between 1940 and 1960 when Sri Lanka forged its "national" cinema . It will examine the confluence of movements which took place during this period, spearheaded by various groups whose conflicting views and interests, in fact, made cinema progress.
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Keywords: 1940 - 1960; Rabindra Coomarasamy Tampoe; Sir Chittampalam Abraham Gardiner; cinemas d'auteurs; ideologies; indigenous cinema; sinhalization

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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