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A Passage to India: Images of India in U.K/U.S Feature Films from 1930-2000
Unformatted Document Text:  A Passage to India Page 5 of 29 Student Paper by-scene, and, character-by-character analysis would lead to support for this theoretical line of reasoning. Method Movie Database The methodology for the current study involved content analysis of full-length feature films. Firstly a database was created of motion pictures produced in the United States and/or United Kingdom that involve India as one of the primary locales of the plot of the narrative and/or mention Indian characters in their plot. The present study is the first attempt at compiling a more or less exhaustive database of such movies. Since such a list was non-existent before this study, it was created using secondary sources of information such as previous literature on Indian movies, video rental charts in Billboard magazine back issues, extensive movie reviews in The Internet Movie Database archives and filmographies about Third World movies such as Mitra (1999) and film catalogues such as The Third World in Film and Video (1998). The time period considered for this study is extensive since films released in the years the last 70 years from 1930 to 2000 have been included for analysis. Film scholars have stated that 1930s was when the West started turning towards other locations in the Third World for their movie narrative plots (Mitra, 1999) and therefore it was decided to go as far back as 1930. This study considered films viewed by U.S audiences in the English language produced in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Films produced in the United Kingdom were considered for the study because of the use of the English language, easy availability of such movies to the American viewers and because of the historical

Authors: Ramasubramanian, Srividya.
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A Passage to India
Page 5 of 29
Student Paper
by-scene, and, character-by-character analysis would lead to support for this theoretical
line of reasoning.
Method
Movie Database
The methodology for the current study involved content analysis of full-length
feature films. Firstly a database was created of motion pictures produced in the United
States and/or United Kingdom that involve India as one of the primary locales of the plot
of the narrative and/or mention Indian characters in their plot. The present study is the
first attempt at compiling a more or less exhaustive database of such movies. Since such a
list was non-existent before this study, it was created using secondary sources of
information such as previous literature on Indian movies, video rental charts in Billboard
magazine back issues, extensive movie reviews in The Internet Movie Database archives
and filmographies about Third World movies such as Mitra (1999) and film catalogues
such as The Third World in Film and Video (1998).
The time period considered for this study is extensive since films released in the
years the last 70 years from 1930 to 2000 have been included for analysis. Film scholars
have stated that 1930s was when the West started turning towards other locations in the
Third World for their movie narrative plots (Mitra, 1999) and therefore it was decided to
go as far back as 1930.
This study considered films viewed by U.S audiences in the English language
produced in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Films produced in the United
Kingdom were considered for the study because of the use of the English language, easy
availability of such movies to the American viewers and because of the historical


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