BOOK DATA: Rochona Majumdar, Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures: Film History in the Postcolony. New York: Columbia University Press, 2021. $140.00 hardcover; $35.00 paperback; 320 page.

Despite its elitist imaginary and historical variability, art cinema as an analytical category has been central to contemporary conversations on environmental imaginaries, planetary dwelling and belonging, “potential history,” and the political possibilities of utopian thought. If, as Jacques Ranciere suggests, fiction is the necessary ideation of the real, then there are few better conduits than art films to think through the multitude of upheavals in twentieth-century modernity. Rochona Majumdar’s Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures: Film and History in the Postcolony is a study of just such ideational potentials of art cinema. Majumdar characterizes Indian art films of the 1960s and 1970s as pioneers of certain “historical sensibilities adequate to the challenges of disorienting times” (230). Vacillating between cinephilia as intellectual history...

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