Reinventing China: A Generation and its Films

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Overview

A pioneering study of the startlingly original films by Chinese filmmakers of the 1980s, such as Judou, Raise the Red Lantern, and Farewell My Concubine. These films bring into vivid relief changes in Chinese society over several decades, drawing on interviews with directors including Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, and Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Paul Clark's Chinese Cinema: Culture and Politics since 1949 was a groundbreaking book, and in Reinventing China, Clark continues his exploration of the changes in Chinese society and culture since the 1960s.

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Editorial Reviews

China Review International
[ Reinventing China] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film.

— Mingwei Song

China Review International - Mingwei Song

[ Reinventing China] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629962302
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/4/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Clark is Professor of Chinese at the School of Asian Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently completing a cultural history of the Cultural Revolution and has a project on Chinese youth culture spanning the period betweeb1968 to 2008.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Part 1 Flashbacks: The Cultural Revolution Generation 7
1 Children of Mao 10
2 The Start of the Cultural Revolution 18
3 Sent-Down Youths 28
4 Return to the Cities 36
5 The Film Academy Examinations 50
Part 2 The Beijing Film Academy 55
1 The Academy 56
2 The Curriculum 57
3 Student Films 62
4 Classmates 68
5 Graduation 72
Part 3 The Films of the Fifth Generation 75
1 First Films: One and Eight and The Yellow Earth 77
2 The Spirit of the Times: Wu Ziniu's Films 90
3 From the Margins: Tian Zhuangzhuang's Films 106
4 A Women's Cinema?: The Films of Hu Mei, Peng Xiaolian and Liu Miaomiao 122
5 The Rise of the Entertainment Film: Zhang Jianya and Jiang Haiyang 137
6 "Passion, Courage, Commitment": Chen Kaige's Later Films 146
7 Reds: Zhang Yimou's Films 164
8 Beyond the Fifth Generation 187
Conclusion: Generating the New 205
Notes 213
Chinese Film Title List 237
Suggested Reading 243
Index 247
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