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Description - Mercy in Her Eyes by John Kenneth Muir

"I want my films to explode with life." -Mira Nair. This the first book to examine the films of the acclaimed and popular Indian-born and Harvard educated filmmaker, Mira Nair. A unique voice in cinema today, she is one of the few female directors who made it to the top of a male-dominated profession. Her films feature an incomparably sensuous visual style yet at the same time often record the injustice of the disenfranchised and the cross-pollination of East and West. Her twin themes of realism and romance make for dazzling cinema.

John Kenneth Muir analyzes all of Nair's work, including:

* Salaam Bombay! (1988), the groundbreaking story of a young boy abandoned by his family on the streets of Bombay.

* Mississippi Masala (1991), an interracial small town romance between an Indian woman (Sarita Choudhury) and an African American businessman (Denzel Washington).

* Monsoon Wedding (2001), featuring a Bollywood carnival atmosphere, one of the most successful foreign films ever released in the United States.

* Hysterical Blindness (2002), the HBO film featuring Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis, looking for love in all the wrong places.

* The big-budget Hollywood adaptation of the Thackery novel Vanity Fair (2004), starring Reese Witherspoon, Gabriel Byrne, and Eileen Atkins.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781557836496
ISBN-10: 1557836493
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 322
Imprint: Applause Theatre Book Publishers
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publish Date: 15-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Kenneth Muir

John Kenneth Muir is the author of 16 books, including Singing A New Tune, Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest & Company, The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi, and An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith. He writes a monthly opinion column for the Webzine Far Sector.

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