Chinese National Cinema / Edition 1

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Overview

What does it mean to be 'Chinese'? This controversial question has sparked off a never-ending process of image-making in Chinese and Chinese-speaking communities throughout the twentieth century. This introduction to Chinese national cinema, by a leading critic, covers three 'Chinas': mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It traces the formation, negotiation and problematization of the national on the Chinese screen over ninety years. Historical and comparative perspectives bring out the parallel developments in the three Chinas, while critical analysis explores thematic and stylistic changes over time.

As well as exploring artistic achievements and ideological debates, Chinese National Cinema also emphasizes industry research and market analysis. The author concludes that despite the rigid censorship systems and the pressures on filmmakers, Chinese national cinema has never succeeded in projecting a single unified picture, but rather portrays many Chinas.

About the Author:
Yingjin Zhang is Professor of Chinese, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies at the University of California, San Diego

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'A remarkable scholarly achievement, evidenced by the author's extensive research, encyclopedic knowledge of his subject and refreshing interpretations of the major trends and developments in Chinese film history ... this book establishes Zhang as the undisputed authority on Chinese cinema in the West.' - Zhiwei Xiao, California State University

'A model of forward-looking scholarship, and a superb addition to the National Cinemas series ... eminently suited to adoption on courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.' - Julian Stringer, University of Nottingham, UK

'All in all, Chinese National Cinema is a masterly synthesis of a vast subject.' - The China Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415172899
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: National Cinemas Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : national cinema and China 1
2 Cinema and national traditions, 1896-1929 13
3 Cinema and the nation-people, 1930-49 58
4 Cinematic reinvention of the national in Taiwan, 1896-1978 113
5 Cinematic revival of the regional in Hong Kong, 1945-78 150
6 Cinema and the nation-state in the PRC, 1949-78 189
7 Cinema and national/regional cultures, 1979-89 225
8 Cinema and the transnational imaginary, 1990-2002 259
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