Malaysian Cinema, Asian Film
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Malaysian Cinema, Asian Film

By William Van der Heide
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This monograph departs from traditional studies of national cinema by accentuating the intercultural and intertextual links between Malaysian films and Asian (as well as European and American) film practices. Using cross-cultural analysis, the author characterizes Malaysia as a pluralist society consisting of a multiplicity of cultural identities. Malaysian film reflects this remarkable heterogeneity, particularly evident in the impact of the Indian and Hong Kong cinema. Detailed analyses of a selection of Malaysian films highlight their cultural complexities, while noting the tension between cultural inclusivity and ethnic exclusivity at the heart of this cinema.

William van der Heide maakt in dit boek een vergelijking tussen de samenstelling en het karakter van de Maleisische samenleving en het karakter van de in Maleisië geproduceerde en gedistribueerde films. De auteur karakteriseert Maleisië als een pluralistische samenleving, die bestaat uit een veelvoud van culturele entiteiten. Van der Heide komt tot de slotsom dat de filmcultuur, die zowel nationaal gedistribueerde en vertoonde films als kleinschalige lokale producties omvat, in Maleisie een even heterogeen karakter bezit. Dit is in het bijzonder zichtbaar bij de impact die films uit India en Hong Kong hebben op het Maleisische publiek en de Maleisische filmmakers. Een gedetailleerde analyse van een aantal Maleisische films benadrukt de culturele complexiteit van de Maleisische samenleving. De spanning tussen cultureel saamhorigheidsgevoel en ethnische exclusiviteit ligt aan de basis van de Maleisische cinema. Het boek neemt de traditionele studies van de nationale filmindustrie als uitgangspunt en accentueert de interculturele en intertextuele overeenkomsten (relaties) tussen Maleisische films en Aziatische (maar ook Europese en amerikaanse) filmpraktijken.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    • Panggung Wayang; Malaysian Cinema, Asian Film
    • The Realities of Film Viewing
    • The Scope of this Study
  • Chapter 1: Border Crossings
    • Introduction
    • National Cinema and Genre
    • Cross-cultural Analysis
    • Transtextuality
    • The Hamburger Western
    • The Samurai Film and the Noodle Western
    • The Samurai Film and the Hamburger Western
    • The Sword Film and the Spaghetti Western
    • The Spaghetti Western
    • The Martial Arts Film and the Chop Suey Western
    • The Stunt Film and the Curry Western
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: Malaysian Society and Culture
    • Introduction
    • Identity
    • National Identity and National Culture
    • Malaysian Identity
    • Pre-colonial Malaysia
      • Foundational Narratives
    • Colonial Malaysia
      • Parsee Theatre and Bangsawan
    • Postcolonial Malaysia
      • The National Cultural Policy and its Consequences
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: Film in Malaysia
    • Introduction
    • National Cinema
      • National Cinema Texts
    • The Film Industry and Film Culture in Malaysia
    • Early Film-going in Malaya
    • The British in Malaya
    • Origins
      • Laila Majnun, India and Indonesia
      • Shaw Brothers
    • The Golden Age
      • The Indian Connection
      • The Studio System
      • P. Ramlee
      • Indian Cinema
      • Hong Kong Cinema
      • Indonesian Cinema
    • The Decline
    • The Revival
      • Government Assistance and Controls
      • Hong Kong Cinema
      • Indian Cinema
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: Malaysian Cinema
    • Introduction
    • The Indian Cinema of the 1950’s
    • Hujan Panas
    • Penarik Beca
    • Hang Tuah
    • Semerah Padi
    • Hang Jebat
    • Ibu Mertua-ku
    • Matinya Seorang Patriot
    • Fenomena
    • Selubung
    • Perempuan, Isteri &...
    • Sembilu
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Filmography
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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