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Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy: The Genesis of China's Fifth Generation (Asia-Pacific)by Zhen Ni
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After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 1982, directors like Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou transformed Chinese cinema with Farewell My Concubine, Yellow Earth, Raise the Red Lantern, and other international successes. Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy tells the riveting story of this class of 1982, Chinaandrsquo;s famous andquot;Fifth Generationandquot; of filmmakers. It is the first insiderandrsquo;s account of this renowned cohort to appear in English. Covering these directorsandrsquo; formative experiences during Chinaandrsquo;s tumultuous Cultural Revolution and later at the Beijing Film Academy, Ni Zhenandmdash;who was both their screenwriter and teacherandmdash;provides unique insights into the origins of the Fifth Generationandrsquo;s creativity. Drawing on his personal knowledge and interviews conducted especially for this volume, Ni Zhen demonstrates the diversity of the Fifth Generation. He comments on the breadth of styles and themes explored by its members and introduces a range of male and female directors, cinematographers, and production designers famous in China but less well-known internationally. The book contains vivid descriptions of the production processes of two pioneering filmsandmdash;One and Eight and Yellow Earth.
Presents for the first time in English and in-depth account of the origins of China's famous "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers.
About the Author
Ni Zhen is a consultant to the Shanghai Film and TV Company and Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Theater Academy. He was Professor of Art Direction and Professor of Film Theory at the Beijing Film Academy, where he taught from 1980 to 2000. He has written screenplays for films including Raise the Red Lantern and Blush.
Chris Berry is Associate Professor in the Program in Film Studies and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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