The Poetics of Chinese Cinema

This book examines the aesthetic qualities of particular Chinese-language films and the rich artistic traditions from which they spring.

Author: Gary Bettinson

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137566086

Category: Social Science

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This book examines the aesthetic qualities of particular Chinese-language films and the rich artistic traditions from which they spring. It brings together leading experts in the field, and encompasses detailed and wide-ranging case studies of films such as Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Spring in a Small Town, 24 City, and The Grandmaster, and filmmakers including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jia Zhangke, Chen Kaige, Fei Mu, Zhang Yimou, Johnnie To, and Wong Kar-wai. By illuminating the form and style of Chinese films from across cinema history, The Poetics of Chinese Cinema testifies to the artistic value and uniqueness of Chinese-language filmmaking.

The Poetics of Chinese Cinema

The value of poetics for the study of Chinese cinema obtains, too, in this research program's historical dimension. Though the existing literature contains historical discoveries of enduring import, the heritage of Mainland, Hong Kong, ...

Author: Gary Bettinson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137553096

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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This book examines the aesthetic qualities of particular Chinese-language films and the rich artistic traditions from which they spring. It brings together leading experts in the field, and encompasses detailed and wide-ranging case studies of films such as Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Spring in a Small Town, 24 City, and The Grandmaster, and filmmakers including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jia Zhangke, Chen Kaige, Fei Mu, Zhang Yimou, Johnnie To, and Wong Kar-wai. By illuminating the form and style of Chinese films from across cinema history, The Poetics of Chinese Cinema testifies to the artistic value and uniqueness of Chinese-language filmmaking.

The Chinese Cinema Book

Aitken, Ian, The British Official Film in South-East Asia: Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Bettinson, Gary and James Udden (eds), The Poetics of Chinese Cinema (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ...

Author: Song Hwee Lim

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781911239550

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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This revised and updated new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of cinema in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as to disaporic and transnational Chinese film-making, from the beginnings of cinema to the present day. Chapters by leading international scholars are grouped in thematic sections addressing key historical periods, film movements, genres, stars and auteurs, and the industrial and technological contexts of cinema in Greater China.

A Companion to Chinese Cinema

Berry, Chris and Mary Ann Farquhar (2006), China on Screen: Cinema and Nation, New York: Columbia University Press. ... Bordwell, David (2005b), “Transcultural Spaces: Toward a Poetics of Chinese Film,” in Chinese-Language Film: ...

Author: Yingjin Zhang

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444355970

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 560

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A Companion to Chinese Cinema is a collection of original essays written by experts in a range of disciplines that provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and current state of Chinese cinema. Represents the most comprehensive coverage of Chinese cinema to date Applies a multidisciplinary approach that maps the expanding field of Chinese cinema in bold and definitive ways Draws attention to previously neglected areas such as diasporic filmmaking, independent documentary, film styles and techniques, queer aesthetics, star studies, film and other arts or media Features several chapters that explore China’s new market economy, government policy, and industry practice, placing the intricate relationship between film and politics in a historical and international context Includes overviews of Chinese film studies in Chinese and English publications

Chinese Film

Chris Berry, “Red Poetics: The Films of the Chinese Cultural Revolution Revolutionary Model Operas,” in The Poetics of Chinese Cinema, ed. Gary Bettinson and James Udden (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 44, 45.

Author: Jason McGrath

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452968582

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 398

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A tour de force chronicling the development of realism in Chinese cinema The history of Chinese cinema is as long and complicated as the tumultuous history of China itself. Be it the silent, the Communist, or the contemporary, each Chinese cinematic era has necessitated its own form in conversation with broader trends in politics and culture. In Chinese Film, Jason McGrath tells this fascinating story by tracing the varied claims to cinematic realism made by Chinese filmmakers, officials, critics, and scholars. Understanding realism as a historical dynamic that is both enabled and mitigated by aesthetic conventions of the day, he analyzes it across six different types of claims: ontological, perceptual, fictional, social, prescriptive, and apophatic. Through this method, McGrath makes major claims not just about Chinese cinema but also about realism as an aesthetic form that negotiates between cultural conventions and the ever-evolving real. He comes to envision it as more than just a cinematic question, showing how the struggle for realism is central to the Chinese struggle for modernity itself.

Chinese Cinema During the Era of Reform

See also David Bordwell's discussion of the classical continuity framework in Chinese cinema in his essay , " Transcultural Spaces : Toward a Poetics of Chinese Film , " Post Script 20 , no . 2-3 ( 2001 ) : 9-24 . 5.

Author: Ying Zhu

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275979598

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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Offers an insider's account of the rise and fall of Chinese cinema's art and entertainment industry, including its transition to commercialization.

Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Visual Culture

Beijing in the Shadow of Globalization: Production of Spatial Poetics in Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Drama. Doctoral dissertation. University of California at Davis, 2009. Nochimson, Martha P., ed. A Companion to Wong Kar-wai.

Author: Sheldon Lu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350234208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Sheldon Lu's wide-ranging new book investigates how filmmakers and visual artists from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have envisioned China as it transitions from a socialist to a globalized capitalist state. It examines how the modern nation has been refashioned and re-imagined in order to keep pace with globalization and transnationalism. At the heart of Lu's analysis is a double movement in the relationship between nation and transnationalism in the Chinese post-socialist state. He considers the complexity of how the Chinese economy is integrated in the global capitalist system while also remaining a repressive body politic with mechanisms of control and surveillance. He explores the interrelations of the local, the national, the subnational, and the global as China repositions itself in the world. Lu considers examples from feature and documentary film, mainstream and marginal cinema, and a variety of visual arts: photography, painting, digital video, architecture, and installation. His close case studies include representations of class, masculinity and sexuality in contemporary Taiwanese and Chinese cinema; the figure of the sex worker as a symbol of modernity and mobility; and artists' representations of Beijing at the time of the 2008 Olympics.

Cinema Space and Polylocality in a Globalizing China

92 Similarly, in his formulation of a “poetics of Chinese film,” Bord- well foregrounds a series of “transcultural spaces” in international cinema, linked together not so much by differences as by affinities. Two points deserve further ...

Author: Yingjin Zhang

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824833374

Category: Political Science

Page: 274

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In this milestone work, prominent China film scholar Yingjin Zhang proposes "polylocality" as a new conceptual framework for investigating the shifting spaces of contemporary Chinese cinema in the age of globalization. Questioning the national cinema paradigm, Zhang calls for comparative studies of underdeveloped areas beyond the imperative of transnationalism. The book begins by addressing theories and practices related to space, place, and polylocality in contemporary China before focusing on the space of scholarship and urging scholars to move beyond the current paradigm and explore transnational and comparative film studies. This is followed by a chapter that concentrates on the space of production and surveys the changing landscape of postsocialist filmmaking and the transformation of China’s urban generation of directors. Next is an examination of the space of polylocality and the cinematic mappings of Beijing and a persistent "reel" contact with polylocality in hinterland China. In the fifth chapter Zhang explores the space of subjectivity in independent film and video and contextualizes experiments by young directors with various documentary styles. Chapter 6 calls attention to the space of performance and addresses issues of media and mediation by way of two kinds of playing: the first with documentary as troubling information, the second with piracy as creative intervention. The concluding chapter offers an overview of Chinese cinema in the new century and provides production and reception statistics. Combining inspired critical insights, original observations, and new information, Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China is a significant work on current Chinese film and a must-read for film scholars and anyone seriously interested in cinema more generally or contemporary Chinese culture.

China on Screen

Cinema and Nation Chris Berry, Mary Ann Farquhar ... In Albert Moran, ed., Film Policy: International, National, and Regional Perspectives, 185–211. London: Routledge, 1996. ... “Transcultural Spaces: Toward a Poetics of Chinese Film.

Author: Chris Berry

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231137065

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 331

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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 "national cinema" as an analytic tool and propose "cinema and the national" 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 Ecocinema

Nick Kaldis is associate professor of Chinese cinema, language, and literature at Binghamton University (SUNY). He has published essays on modern Chinese literature, contemporary Chinese film (from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the PRC), ...

Author: Sheldon H. Lu

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789622090866

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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This anthology is a book-length study of China's ecosystem through the lens of cinema. Proposing 'ecocinema' as a new critical framework, the volume collectively investigates a wide range of urgent topics in today's world.