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World Film Locations: Shanghai (Intellect Books - World Film Locations)

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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 AngelTemptress MoonKung Fu Hustle, and SkyfallWorld Film Locations: Shanghai is essential reading for all scholars of Chinas urban culture.

Synopsis:

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

Isabel Wolte

 

Republican Era Shanghai: Hollywood of the East

Donna Ong

 

Scenes 1-8

1932-1947

 

Fists of Bruce Lee: Shanghais Martial Arts Film Legacy

Paul Bowman

 

Scenes 9-16

1984-2000

 

Lou Yes Shanghai Cinema: Love and Loss in the Urban Labrynth

John Berra

 

Scenes 17-24

2001-2005

 

Sixth Generation Shanghai: Politicizing the Aesthetic

Dave McCaig

 

Scenes 25-32

2005-2007

 

Sci-fi Shanghai: City of the Future

John Berra

 

Scenes 33-39

2007-2010

 

The Great Divide: Depths and Peaks of Shanghai Life

Mariagrazia Constantino

 

Scenes 40-46

2011-2013

 

Backpages

Resources

Contributor Bios

Filmography

 

 

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781783201990
Author:
Berra, John
Publisher:
Intellect (UK)
Author:
Ju, Wei
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Intellect Books - World Film Locations
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrated in color throughout
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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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.
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