BOOK DATA Lalitha Gopalan, Cinemas Dark and Slow in Digital India. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. $109.99 cloth, $ 99.33 e-book. 408 pages.

Lalitha Gopalan’s latest book opens with her account of acquiring a link to view Ghode ko jalebi khilane le ja riya hoon (Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis, Anamika Haksar, 2018). Finding herself “floored by … a work like no other I had seen before, unclassifiable” (3), Gopalan attends closely to the film, discussing not only its form and aesthetics, but also how the film came to be. What unfolds is a story of fine-grained specificities, in terms of production processes, modes of exhibition, budgets, technology, labor, institutions, and friendships. This attention to detail continues in Gopalan’s archival and curatorial undertaking toward a philosophy of images. Gopalan explores the “affordances of the digital” (9) through a set of three independent feature films that were themselves...

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