China on Screen

China on Screen

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In China on Screen, Chris Berry and Mary Farquhar, leaders in the field of Chinese film studies, explore more than one hundred years of Chinese cinema and nation. Providing new perspectives on key movements, themes, and filmmakers, Berry and Farquhar analyze the films of a variety of directors and actors, including Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Gong Li, Wong Kar-wai, and Ang Lee. They argue for the abandonment of qnational cinemaq as an analytic tool and propose qcinema and the nationalq as a more productive framework. With this approach, they show how movies from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora construct and contest different ideas of Chinese nation -- as empire, republic, or ethnicity, and complicated by gender, class, style, transnationalism, and more. Among the issues and themes covered are the tension between operatic and realist modes, male and female star images, transnational production and circulation of Chinese films, the image of the good foreigner -- all related to different ways of imagining nation. Comprehensive and provocative, China on Screen is a crucial work of film analysis.Chinese began making films again in 1913 and, by the 1920s, film and cinemas were established features of urban cultural landscapes. By this ... The box office hit at this time was The Burning of Red Lotus Temple, made by Zheng Zhengqiu and Zhang Shichuan in 1928. ... The Chinese Communist Party continued this rejection of the feudal as state policy after 1949 and in model operas, which explicitlyanbsp;...

Title:China on Screen
Author:Chris Berry, Mary Ann Farquhar
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2006


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