Yingjin Zhang's Chinese National Cinema PDF

By Yingjin Zhang

ISBN-10: 0203645839

ISBN-13: 9780203645833

ISBN-10: 0415172896

ISBN-13: 9780415172899

ISBN-10: 041517290X

ISBN-13: 9780415172905

What does it suggest to be ''Chinese?'' This debatable query has sparked off a endless technique of image-making in chinese language and Chinese-speaking groups in the course of the 20th century. This creation to chinese language nationwide cinema, written by means of a number one pupil, covers 3 ''Chinas'': mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It strains the formation, negotiation and problematization of the nationwide at the chinese language display over 90 years. ancient and comparative views carry out the parallel advancements within the 3 Chinas, whereas severe research explores thematic and stylistic adjustments over the years.

As good as exploring creative achievements and ideological debates, chinese language nationwide Cinema additionally emphasizes study and marketplace research. the writer concludes that regardless of the inflexible censorship platforms and the pressures on movie makers, chinese language nationwide cinema hasn't ever succeeded in projecting a unmarried unified photograph, yet relatively portrays many Chinas.

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Like Great Wall, Shenzhou (Cathay Film Corporation) was established on a budget of 50,000 yuan in Shanghai in 1924 by Wang Xuchang (who studied at the Ecole du Cinéma in France) and his friends, with a specific policy: ‘to subtly influence and change the audience’ (qianyi mohua) (S. Li and Hu 1996: 91). Shenzhou filmmakers emphasized humanism and opposed sensationalism. As a result, their films paid special attention to the screenplay, acting, photography, art design, intertitles, as well as characters’ psychology and a film’s overall ambience.

Shanghai Minxin announced its enlightenment aims in a manifesto written by Ouyang Yuqian, a noted dramatist, in 1926: to produce high-quality films and to introduce to Europe and America the ‘excellent ideas, pure morality and honest custom’ of the Chinese people (ZDZ 1996a: 49). To these aims Minxin employed Ouyang Yuqian, Bu Wancang and Sun Yu, all rising stars in film directing and screenwriting. Minxin’s seventeen features released in 31 N AT I O N A L T R A D I T I O N S , 1 8 9 6 – 1 9 2 9 Shanghai included some of the best films in the late 1920s, including Romance of the West Chamber (Xixiang ji, dir.

Lms set in contemporary life) cover a range of possible genres, as illustrated by the three long features cited above. Yan Ruisheng, an adaptation of Zheng Zhengqiu’s popular civilized play, was based on a sensational real-life case in which a renowned courtesan was murdered for money in 1920. Incidentally, Yan the real-life perpetrator admitted in court that foreign crime films had influenced his behavior (J. Cheng et al. 1981: 1: 13). Roughly similar to the fiction of social exposé or court cases fashionable among Chinese readers, the film sought to enhance its ‘reel’ impact by recruiting a former prostitute to play the victim and a former friend of the perpetrator to play Yan.

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