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Since 1984, Chinese cinema has been the most dramatic entry onto the international film scene. China into Film is the first book to look at contemporary Chinese cinema as a visual art and to illustrate the ways in which it has been shaped by centuries of Chinese tradition. Jerome Silbergeld looks at the significance of gender roles, the strategies of film-makers in coping with state censorship, the translation of novels into films, the continuing attachment of film-makers to melodrama, and cinematic critiques of Maoism and post-Maoist culture.

Abundantly illustrated with Chinese paintings as well as scenes from such internationally acclaimed films as Yellow Earth, Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell My Concubine, China into Film reveals a cinematic form at once excitingly new and deeply imbedded in traditional Chinese visual culture.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-347) and index.

About the Author

Jerome Silbergeld is Professor of Art History at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the author of several books on twentieth-century Chinese painting.

Table of Contents

Preface1. Drowning on Dry Land: Yellow Earth and the Traditionalism of the 'Avant-garde'Yellow Earth2. Ruins of a Sorghum Field, Eclipse of a Nation: Red Sorghum on Page and ScreenRed SorghumMy Memories of Old BeijingSacrificed Youth, Horse Thief, Transmigration/Samsara, Old Well, The Trouble-Shooters3. A Farewell to Arts: Allegory Goes to the MoviesFarewell My ConcubineThe Story of Qiu Ju4. The Veil of Tradition: Victims, Warriors and the Female AnalogyArmy NurseWoman from the Lake of Scented Souls5. The Force of Labels: Melodrama in the Postmodern EraHibiscus Town6. The Children of Melodrama: No-drama, Pseudo-drama, Melodramatic Masquerade and Deconstruction DramaBlack Cannon IncidentThe Big Parade, King of the ChildrenJudou, Raise the Red LanternTemptress MoonFilm CreditsBibliographyPhotographic AcknowledgementsIndex

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Silbergeld, Jerome
Reaktion Books
London :
Film - General
Film - History & Criticism
Motion pictures
Motion picture industry
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Film and Television-History and Criticism
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Reaktion Books - Envisioning Asia
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44 color plates, 196 halftones
9.30x6.17x.84 in. 1.68 lbs.

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