South African Cinema 1896-2010

Martin Botha

South African Cinema 1896-2010
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Martin Botha

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307 pages | 225 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9781841504582 Published April 2012

Taking an inclusive approach to South African film history, this volume represents an ambitious attempt to analyze and place in appropriate sociopolitical context the aesthetic highlights of South African cinema from 1896 to the present. Thoroughly researched and fully documented by renowned film scholar Martin Botha, the book focuses on the many highly creative uses of cinematic form, style, and genre as set against South Africa’s complex and often turbulent social and political landscape. Included are more than two hundred illustrations and a look at many aspects of South African film history that haven’t been previously documented.


1. Early South African Cinema: 1895–1948
2. A few liberal voices in the 1950s
3. Pierre de Wet, Jamie Uys and Afrikaans cinema in the 1950s and 1960s
4. Jans Rautenbach
5. Manie Van Rensburg
6. Ross Devenish
7. B Scheme films
8. The voices of the 1980s
9. Oppositional film-making in the 1980s
10. Attempts to create a national film commission
11. Post-apartheid cinema
12. Themes and aesthetics of post-apartheid cinema

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