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Towards Another '-Image': Deleuze, Narrative Time and Popular Indian Cinema

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David Martin-Jones

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Popular Indian cinema provides a test case for examining the limitations of Gilles Deleuze's categories of movement-image and time-image. Due to the context-specific aesthetic and cultural traditions that inform popular Indian cinema, although it appears at times to be both movement- and time-image, it actually creates a different type of image. Analysis of Toofani Tarzan (1936) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) demonstrates how, alternating between a movement of world typical of the time-image, and a sensory-motor movement of character typical of the movement-image, popular Indian cinema explores the potential fluxing of identities that emerge during moments of historical complexity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-48
JournalDeleuze Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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