The Komedi Bioscoop, KINtop 4

The Komedi Bioscoop, KINtop 4

Early Cinema in Colonial Indonesia
Dafna Ruppin
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/01/2016
ISBN: 978-0-861-96923-4
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The Komedi Bioscoop traces the emergence of a local culture of movie-going in the Netherlands Indies (present-day Indonesia) from 1896 until the First World War in 1914. It outlines the introduction of the new technology by independent touring exhibitors, the constitution of a market for moving picture shows, the embedding of moving picture exhibitions within the local popular entertainment scene, and the Dutch colonial authorities’ efforts to control film consumption and distribution. Focusing on the cinema as a social institution in which technology, race, and colonialism converged, moving picture venues in the Indies—ranging from canvas or bamboo tents to cinema palaces of brick and stone—are perceived as liminal spaces in which daily interactions across boundaries could occur within colonial Indonesia’s multi-ethnic and increasingly polarized colonial society.

Author Bio

Dafna Ruppin holds a PhD in Media and Performance Studies from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her research on the exhibition, consumption and production of early cinema in the Netherlands Indies forms part of the research project "The Nation and Its Other" funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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Table of Contents

1. Trials and Tribulations of Early Traveling Shows, 1896–1898
2. The Dutch Come into the Picture
3. Komedi Bioscoop, Indische Films and the Localisation of Film
4. Surabaya: Queen City of Moving Picture Venues
5. Batavia: Capital of Chinese Cinema Venues
6. Semarang: The Battleground over the Permanent Fairground Town
7. Medan: The Making and Breaking of a Monopoly
Concluding remarks