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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, China’s famous "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers. It is the first insider’s account of this renowned cohort to appear in English. Covering these directors’ formative experiences during China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution and later at the Beijing Film Academy, Ni Zhen—who was both their screenwriter and teacher—provides unique insights into the origins of the Fifth Generation’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 films—One and Eight and Yellow Earth.

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Presents for the first time in English and in-depth account of the origins of China's famous "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-223) and index.

About the Author

Ni Zhen is a consultant to the Shanghai Film & 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822329701
Author:
Ni, Zhen
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Translator:
Berry Chris
Author:
Masao Miyoshi
Author:
Chow, Rey
Author:
Harootunian, Harry
Author:
Berry, Chris
Location:
Durham
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Motion pictures -- China.
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Series Volume:
vol. 2
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
88 bandw photos
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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Presents for the first time in English and in-depth account of the origins of China's famous "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers.
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