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World Cinema and the Essay FilmTransnational Perspectives on a Global Practice$
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Brenda Hollweg and Igor Krstic

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474429245

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429245.001.0001

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Cottonopolis: Experimenting With the Cinematographic, The Ethnographic and the Essayistic

Cottonopolis: Experimenting With the Cinematographic, The Ethnographic and the Essayistic

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(p.70) 4. Cottonopolis: Experimenting With the Cinematographic, The Ethnographic and the Essayistic
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World Cinema and the Essay Film
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Cathy Greenhalgh

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429245.003.0005

Cathy Greenhalgh considers the making of her essay film Cottonopolis(90’, 2020). The film combines memories of three different yet interconnected ‘Manchesters’, that is historical mega-textile cities Manchester (England), Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) and Łódź (Poland), with observations of contemporary handloom and power loom cotton manufacture. In her anticipated film Greenhalgh employs documentary techniques, reflexive essay and meditation, sensory and material culture ethnography, as well as oral historiography and experimental visual immersion. She sets out to discuss film production concerns related to questions of the cinematographic, ethnographic and essayistic. Her analysis is underpinned by a practice point-of-view, conversations with Indian film colleagues and various theories of essay, ethnographic and documentary film practice, eco-criticism, world cinema and diaspora aesthetics.

Keywords:   Manchester, Documentary techniques, Cinematographic, Ethnographic, Essayistic, Essay theory, World cinema, Diaspora aesthetics, Research practice

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