Urban Wallpaper: Film Posters, City Walls and the Cinematic Public in South Asia

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Abstract

What do film posters on city walls tell us about the relationship between the cinema and the city? In this paper, I rely on the practice and perspective of young men who put up film posters on Dhaka’s city walls to explore this question. I argue that the wall is a key site for the production of a cinematic public that does not map onto film audiences; for the experience of newness in the city and of the cinema as analogous experiences; and for an encounter with imagery that is considered luminous and intense, assailing the crowds that pass by the posters in the congested city.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-92
JournalSouth Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2016

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