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China on Screen : Cinema and Nation - Christopher J. Berry

China on Screen

Cinema and Nation

Paperback Published: 3rd March 2006
ISBN: 9780231137072
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

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"Recommended." -- Choice "[ China on Screen] will no doubt remain a standard reference for students of cinema studies and is eminently adoptable for the classroom." -- Haiyan Lee, Nations & Nationalism "It is well worth the read for those interested in learning more about this understudied area of film." -- Antoinette Winstead, Film & History "Clear and entertaining... This book is as suitable for people just entering the field as for specialized scholars." -- China Perspectives

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsA Note on Translation and Romanization 1. Introduction: Cinema and the National2. Time and the National: History, Historiology, Haunting3. Operatic Modes: Opera Film, Martial Arts, and Cultural Nationalism4. Realist Modes: Melodrama, modernity, and Home5. How Should A Chinese Woman Look? Woman and Nation6. How Should Chinese Men Act? Ordering the Nation7. Where Do You Draw the Line? Ethnicity in Chinese Cinemas8. The National in the TransnationalChronolgyNotesEuropean Language BibliographyChinese Language BibliographyFilm ListIndex

ISBN: 9780231137072
ISBN-10: 0231137079
Series: Film and Culture Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd March 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.44

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