Amorous History of the Silver Screen Shanghai Cinema, 1896-1937

ISBN-10: 0226982386
ISBN-13: 9780226982380
Edition: 2005
Authors: Zhang Zhen
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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540

Shanghai in the early twentieth century was alive with art and culture. With the proliferation of popular genres such as the martial arts film, the contest among various modernist filmmakers, and the advent of sound, Chinese cinema was transforming urban life. But with the Japanese invasion in 1937, all of this came to a screeching halt. Until recently, the political establishment has discouraged comprehensive studies of the cultural phenomenon of early Chinese film, and this momentous chapter in China's history has remained largely unexamined. The first sustained historical study of the emergence of cinema in China, An Amorous History of the Silver Screen is a fascinating narrative that illustrates the immense cultural significance of film and its power as a vehicle for social change. Named after a major feature film on the making of Chinese cinema, only part of which survives, An Amorous History of the Silver Screen reveals the intricacies of this cultural movement and explores its connections to other art forms such as photography, architecture, drama, and literature. In light of original archival research, Zhang Zhen examines previously unstudied films and expands the important discussion of how they modeled modern social structures and gender roles in early twentieth-century China. The first volume in the new and groundbreaking series Cinema and Modernity, An Amorous History of the Silver Screen is an innovative—and well illustrated—look at the cultural history of Chinese modernity through the lens of this seminal moment in Shanghai cinema.

Zhang Zhen is assistant professor of cinema studies at New York University.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Vernacular Scene
Vernacular Modernism and Cinematic Embodiment
Worldly Shanghai, Metropolitan Spectators
Teahouse, Shadowplay, and Laborer's Love
Building a Film World: Distraction versus Education
Competing Moderns
Screenwriting, Trick Photography, and Melodramatic Retribution
The Anarchic Body Language of the Martial Arts Film
Fighting over the Modern Girl: Hard and Soft Films
Song at Midnight: Acoustic Horror and the Grotesque Face of History
Envoi
Abbreviations
Notes
Glossary
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

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