Alternative Empires

European Modernist Cinemas and Cultures of Imperialism

Martin Stollery

Alternative Empires

Martin Stollery

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

256 pages | 9-1/2 x 6-2/5 | © 2000
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9780859896047 Published April 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This is the first book to study representations of the non-Western world in European modernist cinema. In offering new perspectives on the history of Soviet montage cinema and on the British documentary movement, it connects with the growing body of work analysing manifestations of orientalism, Eurocentrism and colonial discourse in the cinema.
The book integrates theoretical discussion and textual analysis with primary source historical research, particularly into film reception. The case studies question received understandings of European film history, and offer new insights into canonical films already familiar to many readers.
It is the first book length study of the subject and includes new insights into Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Eisenstein's October and the Griersonian Documentary as well as 'forgotten' films of the period. It is a useful teaching aid, with detailed analyses of films taught on most film studies courses
CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

CHAPTER TWO: European Modernist Cinemas and Eurocentric Modernity

CHAPTER THREE: The European Cinematic Metropolis and Its Others

CHAPTER FOUR: Montage, Modernity and Ethnicity

CHAPTER FIVE: Kino-Eye’s Global Vision

CHAPTER SIX: The British Documentary Film Movement’s Enlightened Imperialism
CHAPTER SEVEN: Receptions of Empire in 1930s British Film Culture

CHAPTER EIGHT: Conclusions
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