China on Screen, Cinema and Nation

Berry, Chris and Farquhar, M.. 2006. China on Screen, Cinema and Nation. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231137072 [Book]

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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.

Item Type:

Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Date:

2006

Item ID:

1652

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:42

Last Modified:

06 Jun 2016 13:05

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/1652

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