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World Film Locations: Shanghai (Intellect Books - World Film Locations)by John Berra
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Celebrating Shanghais rich cinematic history, the films covered here represent a lengthy time period, from the first Golden Age of Chinese Cinema in the 1930s to the citys status as an international production hub in 2013. Given the enduring status of Shanghai as the Paris of the East,” World Film Locations: Shanghai emphasizes the citys cosmopolitan glamour through locations that are steeped in cinematic exoticism, while also probing the reality behind the image by investigating its backstreets and residential zones. To facilitate this study of Shanghais dual identity through reference to film locations, the book includes films from both the commercial and independent sectors, with a balance between images captured by local filmmakers and the visions of Western directors who have also utilized the city for their projects.
With numerous essays that reflect Shanghais relationship to film and scene reviews of such iconic titles as Street Angel, Temptress Moon, Kung Fu Hustle, and Skyfall, World Film Locations: Shanghai is essential reading for all scholars of Chinas urban culture.
In-keeping the format of the World Film Locations series, the Shanghai book explores how the city has been represented by cinema. Due to Shanghais rich cinematic history, the volume spans a lengthy time period from the Golden Age of national production in the 1930s, to the international production hub of 2012. Due to the enduring status of Shanghai as the, Paris of the East, the World Film Locations: Shanghai emphasises the cities glamour and internationalisation through locations that are steeped in cinematic exoticism, yet also probes the reality behind the image through study of its back-streets and residential zones. To facilitate this examination of Shanghais dual-identity through reference to film locations, the book includes films from both the commercial and independent sectors, with a balance between images captured by local filmmakers and the visions of Western directors who have also utilised the city for their projects.
About the Author
John Berra is a lecturer in film studies at Nanjing University.
Table of Contents
Shanghai: City of the Imagination
Republican Era Shanghai: Hollywood of the East
Fists of Bruce Lee: Shanghais Martial Arts Film Legacy
Lou Yes Shanghai Cinema: Love and Loss in the Urban Labrynth
Sixth Generation Shanghai: Politicizing the Aesthetic
Sci-fi Shanghai: City of the Future
The Great Divide: Depths and Peaks of Shanghai Life
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