Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film

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The Sheik. Pépé le Moko. Casablanca. Aladdin. Some of the most popular and frequently discussed titles in movie history are imbued with orientalism, the politically-charged way in which western artists have represented gender, race, and ethnicity in the cultures of North Africa and Asia. This is the first anthology to address and highlight orientalism in film from pre-cinema fascinations with Egyptian culture through the "Whole New World" of Aladdin. Eleven illuminating and well-illustrated essays utilize the insights of interdisciplinary cultural studies, psychoanalysis, feminism, and genre criticism. Other films discussed includeThe Letter, Caesar and Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Indochine, and several films of France's cinéma colonial.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780813522951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813522951
  • ASIN: 0813522951
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Orientalism in US cinema

 on November 16, 2013
By Aimee Brant
An excellent collection of historical appraisals of Orientalism in US cinema from the 20’s on. Some essays, like much literary crit., are over-written, prolix I think is the word. No surprise. Entertaining and worth it.

Bias Unveiled

6 people found this helpful.
 on March 27, 2000
By Maya Long
Visions of the East explores mass media biases and prejudices towards the Arab. It’s an easy, interesting read; it focuses on examples and backrounds as a means of illustrating the inherant reacism (“Arabism”) in popular culture. Too often we don’t realize the stereotypes being publicized are just that- stereotypes. Visions of the East reminds the reader to look deeper, to examine material before absorbing it. An excellent book for better understanding the rampant Eurocentrism in media and film and the reasons behind it.

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