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HISTORY : MALAYALAM FILM

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The Legacy of Visual Culture

Even much before the arrival of cinema, the people of Kerala were familiar with moving images on the screen through the traditional art form "tholpavakkuthu" (Puppet Dance). Usually exhibited at festivals of village temples, "tholpavakkuthu" uses puppets made of leather with flexible joints. These joints are moved using sticks and the shadow of these moving puppets are captured on a screen using a light source from behind, creating dramatic moving images on the screen. Stories from the mythology were told so, with accompanying dialogues and songs with traditional percussions like the Chenda. "Tholpavakkuthu" uses some of the techniques widely used in cinema like the close-ups and long-shots. Apart from the art of "tholpavakkuthu", which exhibits the nature of cinema, many of the folk arts and classical dance forms like "Kuthu", "Koodiyattam" and "Kathakali" exhibits very high visual qualities in their form. May be this legacy of Kerala┬┤s visual culture lead the filmmakers of Kerala to take up cinema in a different way, rather than mere plain story telling, than anywhere else in India, and the people of Kerala to appreciate them.
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MOVIE HISTORY

Malayalam Film History

Indian Film History

The Indian film industry is the oldest and the largest in the world with over 1200 movies ....

The Legacy of Visual Culture

Even much before the arrival of cinema, the people of Kerala were familiar with ....

Balan :The First Talkie

Indian cinema had already entered the talkie age even before Marthandavarma was ....

Jeevithanouka - 1951

Jeevithanouka was a turning point for Malayalam cinema. This highly dramatic musical ....

1954 - 1955

Through Neelakuyil Malayalam cinema for the first time had an authentic Malayalam story ....

New Sensibilities

Even though Malayalam cinema right from the first talkie, Balan ventured into social themes ....

The Growth: 1960 - 1965

After the success of Neelakuyil, films with authentic Malayalam stories set in the ....

Malayalam New Wave

The growth of film society movement and the screenings of world classics forced a drastic ....

Film Society Movement

The Film Society Movement, which started in 1960s and gained momentum during the 1970s ....

Commercial Cinema

Popular cinema of Malayalam rarely tried to adopt the language of cinema till the 1980s ....

Film Festival

Popular cinema of Malayalam rarely tried to adopt the language of cinema till the 1980s ....
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