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Celluloid Singapore: Cinema, Performance and the National

Edna Lim


Celluloid Singapore is not about Singapore cinema per se, or Singapore, but both. It is a ground-breaking study of the three major periods in Singapore cinema’s fragmented history – the golden age (50s and 60s), post-studio 70s and revival from the 1990s onwards. Set against the context of Singapore’s own trajectory of development, the book poses two central questions: how can the films of each period be considered Singapore films, and how is this cinema specifically national? Celluloid Singapore argues that the films of these three periods collectively constitute a national cinema through dif ... More

Keywords: Singapore, Cinema, Film, Performance, National, Nation, Golden age, Revival, Transnational, History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402880
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402880.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edna Lim, author
National University of Singapore