Cinema and the City

Hannu Salmi

in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589531
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Cinema and the City

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This article focuses on the role of cinema in imagining the city and its influence on urban lifestyles, city space, and future visions. It considers the regional differences and temporal discrepancies that can be found both in the process of urbanization and the spread of cinematic technology. It argues that, since the early twentieth century, cinema — whether in Europe, Hollywood, or more recently Bollywood and Nollywood (Nigeria) — has been vital in promoting enhanced urban awareness and identity, and defining the image of cities both as glittering theatres of modernity and also as shock cities. Along with new types of media including television and the Internet, film has helped forge the dazzling influence of the city across a globalizing world.

Keywords: films; cities; urban lifestyle; city space; urbanization; cinematic technology

Article.  7063 words. 

Subjects: History ; Social and Cultural History

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