De Media Automatiek

a research blog by Lotte Hoek

Screening Cut-Pieces

In nearly ten years’ time, the projection of popular film in Bangladesh has been radically transformed. Clinging on to celluloid well into the first decade of the 21st century, there has recently been a rapid transition to digital projection in Bangladeshi cinema halls.

In this short video I show how the cut-pieces I studied in 2005 kept the cinema halls in business while simultaneously spelling the inevitably demise of celluloid: as censors and journalists flocked to condemn this ‘celluloid obscenity’; as middle class and female viewers avoided the theatres; and as everyone lined up before the TV screens to watch Hindi cinema.

 

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2014 by in Cinema, Media and tagged , , , , .
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