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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 6 of 29 Student Paper influence of Hollywood on the British movie industry. Only full-length feature films were included. Documentaries and short films were not included. However, both studio- based films as well as independent films were included. About 125 films were located. From this list, 24 films 1 were selected randomly for content analysis. The random selection assured that there was no researcher bias in the judgment regarding which movies to include/exclude from the sample. Appendix 1 provides the complete database. Appendix 2 lists those movies that were selected randomly for this study. Content Analysis The next crucial stage in the process was to systematically observe and carefully record the details of every relevant scene and character in each of these randomly selected movies. The movies were examined at three levels (units of analysis) – movie, scene and character. A descriptive booklet defined each coded variable for each level of analysis for the reference of the researcher in order to maintain an objective evaluation scheme throughout the course of the study. Apart from the coding scheme, the researcher made additional notes of any relevant images and dialogues that appeared in the movies that would further enrich the descriptive account of the portrayals. Movie level analysis. For the purposes of this study, a movie was defined as a full-length feature film that was made in the English language in U.S or/and the U.K featuring India as one of its primary locations and/or Indian characters appearing as part of the plot. The focus was on feature films rather than documentaries. Both popular 1 1 Originally 30 films were selected randomly. 6 of them were excluded from the study since they did not fit the study profile either because they did not feature Indians (for example, they featured American Indians) or did not feature India (for example, they featured islands in the Bay of Bengal but not in India) or were not full-length feature films (for example, they were mini-series for television audiences).

Authors: Ramasubramanian, Srividya.
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A Passage to India
Page 6 of 29
Student Paper
influence of Hollywood on the British movie industry. Only full-length feature films
were included. Documentaries and short films were not included. However, both studio-
based films as well as independent films were included.
About 125 films were located. From this list, 24 films
1
were selected randomly
for content analysis. The random selection assured that there was no researcher bias in
the judgment regarding which movies to include/exclude from the sample. Appendix 1
provides the complete database. Appendix 2 lists those movies that were selected
randomly for this study.
Content Analysis
The next crucial stage in the process was to systematically observe and carefully
record the details of every relevant scene and character in each of these randomly
selected movies. The movies were examined at three levels (units of analysis) – movie,
scene and character. A descriptive booklet defined each coded variable for each level of
analysis for the reference of the researcher in order to maintain an objective evaluation
scheme throughout the course of the study. Apart from the coding scheme, the researcher
made additional notes of any relevant images and dialogues that appeared in the movies
that would further enrich the descriptive account of the portrayals.
Movie level analysis. For the purposes of this study, a movie was defined as a
full-length feature film that was made in the English language in U.S or/and the U.K
featuring India as one of its primary locations and/or Indian characters appearing as part
of the plot. The focus was on feature films rather than documentaries. Both popular
1 1
Originally 30 films were selected randomly. 6 of them were excluded from the study since they did not
fit the study profile either because they did not feature Indians (for example, they featured American
Indians) or did not feature India (for example, they featured islands in the Bay of Bengal but not in India)
or were not full-length feature films (for example, they were mini-series for television audiences).


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