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Celluloid SingaporeCinema, Performance and the National$
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Edna Lim

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402880

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402880.001.0001

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Not so Foreign: the Case of Saint Jack

Not so Foreign: the Case of Saint Jack

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(p.92) 5. Not so Foreign: the Case of Saint Jack
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Celluloid Singapore
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Edna Lim

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402880.003.0005

This chapter develops on the topic of foreignness in Singapore films and discusses the ways that Singapore has been depicted in films made outside the country, especially by Hollywood. It addresses the tendency to polarise local- and foreign-made films as inside/outside perspectives and argues that they all perform a Singapore that is equally foreign regardless of where they were made. The chapter also problematises the tendency to limit the study of national cinema to locally-made films by making the case for how a Hollywood production like Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich, 1979) can be considered a Singapore film.

Keywords:   Foreign, Hollywood, Local, Saint Jack, Singapore, Film, National cinema, Peter Bogdanovich

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