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Chinese National Cinema : National Cinemas - Yingjin Zhang

Chinese National Cinema

National Cinemas

Paperback Published: 30th July 2004
ISBN: 9780415172905
Number Of Pages: 328

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What does it mean to be "Chinese?" This controversial question has sparked off a never-ending process of image-making in Chinese and Chinese-speaking communities throughout the twentieth century. This introduction to Chinese national cinema, written by a leading scholar, covers three "Chinas": mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It traces the formation, negotiation and problematization of the national on the Chinese screen over ninety years. Historical and comparative perspectives bring out the parallel developments in the three Chinas, while critical analysis explores thematic and stylistic changes over time.
As well as exploring artistic achievements and ideological debates, "Chinese National Cinema "also emphasizes industry research and market analysis. The author concludes that despite the rigid censorship systems and the pressures on film makers, Chinese national cinema has never succeeded in projecting a single unified picture, but rather portrays many Chinas.

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'A remarkable scholarly achievement, evidenced by the author's extensive research, encyclopedic knowledge of his subject and refreshing interpretations of the major trends and developments in Chinese film history ... this book establishes Zhang as the undisputed authority on Chinese cinema in the West.' - Zhiwei Xiao, California State University

'A model of forward-looking scholarship, and a superb addition to the National Cinemas series ... eminently suited to adoption on courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.' - Julian Stringer, University of Nottingham, UK

'All in all, Chinese National Cinema is a masterly synthesis of a vast subject.' - The China Journal

List of illustrationsp. ix
List of tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
Introduction: National cinema and Chinap. 1
Cinema and national traditions, 1896-1929p. 13
Introduction: early cinemap. 13
Cinema as attractions, 1896-1921p. 16
Cinema as narration, 1922-6p. 22
Cinema and speculations, 1927-9p. 37
Critical issues: arts, artists and artistic theoryp. 51
Conclusion: a growing sense of nationalismp. 57
Cinema and the nation-people, 1930-49p. 58
Introduction: a 'golden age' periodp. 58
Prewar cinema, 1930-7p. 59
Wartime cinema, 1937-45p. 83
Postwar cinema, 1946-9p. 95
Critical issues: cinema and modernityp. 104
Conclusion: in the name of the nation-peoplep. 111
Cinematic reinvention of the national in Taiwan, 1896-1978p. 113
Introduction: a maturing industryp. 113
Difficult postwar transition, 1945-54p. 114
Two competing cinemas, 1955-69p. 125
Political and industrial restructuring, 1970-8p. 142
Conclusion: cinematic reinvention of the nationalp. 147
Cinematic revival of the regional in Hong Kong, 1945-78p. 150
Introductionp. 150
From Shanghai to Hong Kong, 1945-55p. 151
Competing studios, 1956-65p. 163
Reinventing genres, 1966-78p. 173
Conclusion: toward regional imaginationp. 185
Cinema and the nation-state in the PRC, 1949-78p. 189
Introduction: socialist cinema of the PRCp. 189
The nationalization of cinema, 1949-52p. 190
Toward socialist realism, 1953-65p. 199
The Cultural Revolution and beyond, 1966-78p. 216
Conclusion: ideology and subjectivityp. 223
Cinema and national/regional cultures, 1979-89p. 225
Introduction: new waves in three Chinasp. 225
The PRC: humanism, the avant-garde and commercialismp. 226
New Taiwan Cinema: re-imaging the nationalp. 240
The Hong Kong new waves: genre, history, identityp. 249
Conclusion: history, culture and nationhoodp. 256
Cinema and the transnational imaginary, 1990-2002p. 259
Introduction: transnational Chinese cinemasp. 259
Hong Kong: of the global and the localp. 260
Taiwan: art cinema beyond bordersp. 271
The PRC: post-socialist cinemap. 281
Conclusion: art, capital and politics in the age of the WTOp. 292
Notesp. 297
Bibliographyp. 308
Subject indexp. 323
Name indexp. 325
Film indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780415172905
ISBN-10: 041517290X
Series: National Cinemas
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 30th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.13  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1