Fire: A Queer Film Classic PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Shohini Ghosh

Fire: A Queer Film Classic

Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication date: January 2010
ISBN: 9781551523927
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Fire delves into the controversial 1996 lesbian love story by Indian-born director Deepa Mehta. Set in a contemporary middle-class Hindu household in the heart of Delhi, Fire is the story of Radha and Sita, the wives of two brothers, who fall in love with one another. The consequences of the film's Indian premiere in 1999 were both profound and provocative: protestors (mainly from the Hindu Right) went on a rampage, tearing down posters, vandalizing cinemas showing the film, and disrupting screenings in Delhi and Bombay, setting off a maelstrom of public discourse on issues such as homosexuality and freedom of speech in India. Shohini Ghosh's book examines the controversy that divided a nation, but which ultimately led to counterprotests among the film's supporters, resulting in its successful and uninterrupted run in Indian theaters. The book also considers Fire's scathing attack on both heterosexism and Hindu practices in India that oppress and marginalize women, as well as its revolutionary treatment of female characters, whose traditional duties are imbued with an unprecedented sensuality. The QUEER FILM CLASSICS series consists of critical yet populist monographs on classic films of interest to LGBT audiences written by esteemed film scholars and critics.
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