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Africa's Lost Classics New Histories of African Cinema

By Lizelle Bisschoff Copyright 2014
    ISBN 9780367598945
    234 Pages
    Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge

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    This book establishes more complex genealogies and revised histories of African film through an extension of the historical, geographical, and critical frameworks that have been deployed to analyse cinematic production from across the continent.

    Introduction: Revising the Classics: Opening Up the Archives of African Cinema Part I: Lost Histories 1924-69 1. The Birth of North African Cinema 2. Lost Classics' in Context: Film Production in South Africa 1920-1960 3. Francophone West African Cinema, 1955–1969: False starts and new beginnings Part II: North Africa 4. Forgotten Women, Lost Histories: Selma Baccar's Fatma 75 (1978) and Assia Djebar's La Nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua (1978) 5. Naked Nation: Youth, Masculinity, and the Coming Revolution in Man of Ashes (Nouri Bouzid, 1986) 6. Postcolonialism at Sea: The Tragic Ends of History in Badis (Mohamed A. Tazi, 1989) 7. Al Masir/Destiny (Youssef Chahine, 1997): 'a luta continua' Part III: South Africa 8. Jannie Totsiens (Jans Rautenbach, 1970): Of Love, Loss, and Lunacy 9. Boesman and Lena (Ross Devenish, 1973): The Politics of Place and Performance 10. The Stick (Darrell Roodt, 1987): A Mental State 11. Fools (Ramadan Suleman, 1997): or, the importance of being able to tell 'messy' stories at the 'wrong' time Part IV: Franchophone Africa 12. Toads and Cowboys: Tracing a Popular African Cinema in Moustapha Alassane's Le Retour d'un aventurier (1966) and Bon Voyage Sim (1966) 13. Soleil O (Med Hondo, 1969): They cannot represent themselves …’ 14. Badou Boy (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1970): Intertextuality, Gangster Movies, and the Language of African Film 15. Cinema and Nation-Building: Muna Moto (Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa, 1975) Part V: Anglophone West Africa 16. Aristotle's Plot (Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 1997): A refusal to 'find' African cinema? 17. Heritage Africa (Kwaw Ansah, 1983): A Cinema of Political Violence 18. A Nollywood Classic: Living in Bondage (Kenneth Nnebue, 1992/1993) 19. Lost in Music? Race, Culture, and Identity in Rage (Newton I. Aduaka, 2000) Part VI: Lusophone Africa 20. The Birth of Fiction: On Mueda, Memória e Massacre (Ruy Guerra, 1979) 21. Udju Azul di Yonta/The Blue Eyes of Yonta (Flora Gomes, 1992): Lost Dreams/Lost in Dreams? Part VII: East Africa 22. Harvest 3000 Years/Mïrt Sost Shi Amät (Haile Gerima, 1976): A Revolutionary Ethiopian Film 23. Women's Stories and Struggles in These Hands (Flora M'mbugu-Schelling, 1992)


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