Higher Learning is a regular feature at Film Comment in which campus-based scholars share their work, bringing our readers into the rich and varied conversations occurring in the fields of film and moving-image studies.

Adrienne Corri in The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)

Published by the Duke University Press earlier this month, Where Histories Reside: India as Filmed Space by Priya Jaikumar examines eight decades of films shot on location in India to show how attending to filmed space reveals alternative timelines and histories of cinema. The following excerpt combines multiple sections from the book and has been edited and condensed for length. 

“I went to India and I was convinced. The word convinced is weak. I was overwhelmed. It’s an extraordinary country, with extraordinary people, and I’ll tell you right away that it’s the least mysterious country in the world. For a Frenchman, India is…



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