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Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society / Edition 2
     

Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society / Edition 2

by Harry H. Kuoshu
 

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ISBN-10: 0809324563

ISBN-13: 9780809324569

Pub. Date: 11/19/2002

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society by Harry H. Kuoshu is a lucid introduc­tion to the cinema of mainland China from the early 1930s to the early 1990s.

Emphasizing both film contexts and film texts, this study invites film scholars and students to a broad cinematic analysis that includes investigations of cultural,

Overview

Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society by Harry H. Kuoshu is a lucid introduc­tion to the cinema of mainland China from the early 1930s to the early 1990s.

Emphasizing both film contexts and film texts, this study invites film scholars and students to a broad cinematic analysis that includes investigations of cultural, cross-cultural, intellectual, social, ethnic, and political issues. Such a holistic evaluation allows for a better understanding of both the genesis of a special kind of film art from the People’s Republic of China and the culture exemplified in those films.

The fifteen films include: Two Stage Sisters; Hibis­cus Town; Farewell My Concubine; Street Angel; Three Women; Human, Woman, Demon; Judou; Girl from Hunan; Sacrificed Youth; Horse Thief; Yellow Earth; Old Well; Red Sorghum; Black Cannon Incident; and Good Morning, Beijing.

Discussions of each film have an introduction, passages from the director’s own notes whenever available, and a scholarly article. Discussion ques­tions are found in an appendix. Within its complete bibliography, the book also features a suggested read­ing list for Chinese film classes.

 

Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Cul­ture and Society is the first book to provide such an exhaustive study of the art and cultural context of Chinese cinema.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809324569
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
11/19/2002
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Prefacexiii
Overview: The Filmmaking Generations1
Part 1History in and out of Melodrama: Glory, Guilt, and Fantasy21
1.Two Stage Sisters (Wutai jiemei, dir. Xie Jin, 1965)29
Director's Notes "Two Stage Sisters: The Blossoming of a Revolutionary Aesthetic"
2.Hibiscus Town (Furong zhen, dir. Xie Jin, 1986)52
Director's Notes "Society and Subjectivity: On the Political Economy of Chinese Melodrama"
3.Farewell My Concubine (Bawang bie ji, dir. Chen Kaige, 1993)69
Director's Notes "The Concubine and the Figure of History: Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine"
Part 2Speaking for the Other: Changing Allegorical Roles for Women87
4.Street Angel (Malu tianshi, dir. Yuan Muzhi, 1937)93
An Outline for Viewing Street Angel "The Textual and Critical Difference of Being Radical: Reconstructing Chinese Leftist Films of the 1930s"
5.Three Women a.k.a. Women Side by Side (Liren xing, dir. Chen Liting, 1949)110
From "Xin nuxing to Liren xing: Changing Conceptions of the 'New Woman' in Republican Era Chinese Films"
6.Woman, Demon, Human a.k.a. Human, Woman, Demon (Ren gui qing, dir. Huang Shuqin, 1988)129
Director's Notes "Human, Woman, Demon: A Woman's Predicament"
7.Ju Dou (dir. Zhang Yimou, 1990)151
Director's Notes "Ju Dou--A Hermeneutical Reading of Cross-Cultural Cinema"
Part 3Cinema Exotica: Ethnic Minorities as the PRC's "Internal Other"165
8.Girl from Hunan (Xiangnu Xiaoxiao, dir. Xie Fei, Wu Lan, 1986)171
Director's Notes "'Hsiao-hsiao' and Girl from Hunan: Teaching Chinese Narrative, Not Just Chinese Fiction"
9.Sacrificed Youth (Qingchun ji, dir. Zhang Nuanxin, 1985)181
Director's Notes "Is China the End of Hermeneutics?; or, Political and Cultural Usage of Non-Han Women in Mainland Chinese Films"
10.Horse Thief (Daoma zei, dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)197
Director's Notes "Tian Zhuangzhuang, the Fifth Generation, and Minorities Film in China"
Part 4The Chinese Western: Roots Hidden in the Yellow Earth213
11.Yellow Earth (Huang tudi, dir. Chen Kaige, 1984)219
Director's Notes "The 'Hidden' Gender in Yellow Earth"
12.Old Well (Lao jing, dir. Wu Tianming, 1987)233
Director's Notes From "Digging an Old Well: The Labor of Social Fantasy"
13.Red Sorghum (Hong gaoliang, dir. Zhang Yimou, 1987)248
Director's Notes "Red Sorghum: Mixing Memory and Desire"
Part 5New City Films: Beyond-Yellow-Earth Experiences of Postsocialism277
14.Black Cannon Incident (Heipao shijian, dir. Huang Jianxin, 1985)283
Director's Notes From "Post-Socialist Strategies: An Analysis of Yellow Earth and Black Cannon Incident"
15.Good Morning, Beijing (Beijing, nizao, dir. Zhang Nuanxin, 1990)302
Director's Notes "In Search of the Real City: Cinematic Representations of Beijing and the Politics of Vision"
Appendix 1.Discussion Questions329
Appendix 2.Pronouncing Romanized Chinese344
Appendix 3.Video Purchase and Film Rental Information347
Bibliography349
Index367

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