Celluloid China Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society

ISBN-10: 0809324563
ISBN-13: 9780809324569
Edition: 2002
Authors: Harry H. Kuoshu
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Description: Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Societyby Harry H. Kuoshu is a lucid introducshy;tion to the cinema of mainland China from the early 1930s to the early 1990s. nbsp; Emphasizing both film contexts and film texts, this study  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 11/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Societyby Harry H. Kuoshu is a lucid introducshy;tion to the cinema of mainland China from the early 1930s to the early 1990s. nbsp; 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. nbsp; The fifteen films include:Two Stage Sisters; Hibisshy;cus Town; Farewell My Concubine; Street Angel; ThreeWomen; Human, Woman, Demon; Judou; Girl fromHunan; Sacrificed Youth; Horse Thief; Yellow Earth;Old Well; Red Sorghum; Black Cannon Incident;andGood Morning, Beijing. nbsp; Discussions of each film have an introduction, passages from the director’s own notes whenever available, and a scholarly article. Discussion quesshy;tions are found in an appendix. Within its complete bibliography, the book also features a suggested readshy;ing list for Chinese film classes. nbsp; Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culshy;ture and Societyis the first book to provide such an exhaustive study of the art and cultural context of Chinese cinema.

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

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