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By Yingjin Zhang

ISBN-10: 1444330292

ISBN-13: 9781444330298

ISBN-10: 1444355996

ISBN-13: 9781444355994

A significant other to chinese language Cinema is a set of unique essays written by way of specialists in quite a number disciplines that supply a finished evaluation of the evolution and present country of chinese language cinema.

  • Represents the main accomplished insurance of chinese language cinema to date
  • Applies a multidisciplinary procedure that maps the increasing box of chinese language cinema in daring and definitive ways
  • Draws consciousness to formerly missed parts resembling diasporic filmmaking, self reliant documentary, movie types and methods, queer aesthetics, superstar experiences, movie and different arts or media
  • Features a number of chapters that discover China’s new industry financial system, govt coverage, and perform, putting the elaborate dating among movie and politics in a ancient and foreign context
  • Includes overviews of chinese language movie reports in chinese language and English guides

Chapter 1 normal advent (pages 1–22): Yingjin Zhang
Chapter 2 Transplanting Melodrama (pages 23–41): Zhang Zhen
Chapter three Artists, Cadres, and Audiences (pages 42–56): Paul Clark
Chapter four administrators, Aesthetics, Genres (pages 57–74): Yingjin Zhang
Chapter five Hong Kong Cinema ahead of 1980 (pages 75–94): Robert Chi
Chapter 6 The Hong Kong New Wave (pages 95–117): Gina Marchetti
Chapter 7 Gender Negotiation in track Cunshou's tale of mom and Taiwan Cinema of the Early Seventies (pages 118–132): James Wicks
Chapter eight moment Coming (pages 133–150): Darrell William Davis
Chapter nine Propaganda and Censorship in chinese language Cinema (pages 151–178): Matthew D. Johnson
Chapter 10 chinese language Media Capital in worldwide Context (pages 179–196): Michael Curtin
Chapter eleven movie and Society in China (pages 197–217): Stanley Rosen
Chapter 12 weak chinese language Stars (pages 218–238): Sabrina Qiong Yu
Chapter thirteen Ports of access (pages 239–261): Nikki J. Y. Lee and Julian Stringer
Chapter 14 looking for chinese language movie Style(s) and Technique(s) (pages 263–283): James Udden
Chapter 15 movie style and chinese language Cinema (pages 284–298): Stephen Teo
Chapter sixteen acting Documentation (pages 299–317): Qi Wang
Chapter 17 chinese language Women's Cinema (pages 318–345): Lingzhen Wang
Chapter 18 From city motion pictures to city Cinema (pages 346–358): Yomi Braester
Chapter 19 The Intertwinement of chinese language movie and Literature (pages 359–376): Liyan Qin
Chapter 20 Diary of a Homecoming: (Dis?)Inhabiting the Theatrical in Postwar Shanghai Cinema (pages 377–399): Weihong Bao
Chapter 21 Cinema and the visible Arts of China (pages 400–416): Jerome Silbergeld
Chapter 22 From Mountain Songs to Silvery Moonlight (pages 417–428): Jerome Silbergeld
Chapter 23 Cross?Fertilization in chinese language Cinema and tv (pages 429–448): Ying Zhu and Bruce Robinson
Chapter 24 chinese language Cinema and know-how (pages 449–465): Gary G. Xu
Chapter 25 chinese language movie Scholarship in chinese language (pages 467–483): Chen Xihe
Chapter 26 chinese language movie Scholarship in English (pages 484–498): Chris Berry
Chapter 27 The go back of the Repressed (pages 499–517): Shuqin Cui
Chapter 28 Homosexuality and Queer Aesthetics (pages 518–534): Helen Hok?Sze Leung
Chapter 29 Alter?centering chinese language Cinema (pages 535–551): Yiman Wang
Chapter 30 The Absent American: Figuring the USA in chinese language Cinema of the Reform period (pages 552–574): Michael Berry

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Indd 25 12/27/2011 2:47:19 PM 26 Zhang Zhen melodramatic traditions (here China, in particular), as obliquely referred to in All that Heaven Allows. Indeed, how have cinematic melodramatic tales been staged under “Golden Rain” trees or other native or imported species in China? More specifically, I will anchor the recent debate on melodrama’s global appeal vis-à-vis cultural identity in the context of melodrama film’s emergence in China in the 1920s–1930s, taking advantage of the few extant films from the period, including the recently resurfaced Poet from the Sea (1927) by Hou Yao, a pioneering Chinese filmmaker.

The central motifs of free love across class barriers and the city–rural contrast were to have lasting repercussions in Chinese melodrama. The hyperbolic poetic gestures, physicality of the rugged seaside setting (or at the “end of the world” [haijiao], as the Chinese title suggests), and mostly histrionic rather than realist performance style in Poet from the Sea render the film a more salient vehicle for the “melodramatic imagination” geared toward a compounded formalism and emotionalism (Brooks 1976).

After briefing on scholarship in this area, Liyan Qin locates herself as part of the “sociological turn” in adaptation studies, although her chapter is concerned more with history, politics, and culture than about sociology. A survey of what Chinese filmmakers chose to adapt during different periods prepares for a discussion of different strategies of adaptations, which range from faithful adherence to the original in all possible ways, to subjective attempts to capture the so-called “spirit” of the original as interpreted by the filmmakers, to radical appropriation of the original only as raw material on which to build one’s own film.

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