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Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society

Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society

Harry H. Kuoshu

ISBN: 9780809324569

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"Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society "by Harry H. Kuoshu is a lucid introduc-tion to the cinema of mainland China from the early 1930s to the early 1990s. Emphasizing both film contexts and film texts, this study invites film scholars and students to a broad cinematic analysis that includes investigations of cultural, cross-cultural, intellectual, social, ethnic, and political issues. Such a holistic evaluation allows for a better understanding of both the genesis of a special kind of film art from the People's Republic of China and the culture exemplified in those films. The fifteen films include: "Two Stage Sisters; Hibis-cus Town; Farewell My Concubine; Street Angel; Three ""Women; Human, Woman, Demon; Judou; Girl from ""Hunan""; Sacrificed Youth; Horse Thief; Yellow Earth; ""Old Well; Red Sorghum; Black Cannon Incident; "and "Good Morning, Beijing." Discussions of each film have an introduction, passages from the director's own notes whenever available, and a scholarly article. Discussion ques-tions are found in an appendix. Within its complete bibliography, the book also features a suggested read-ing list for Chinese film classes."" "Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Cul-ture and Society "is the first book to provide such an exhaustive study of the art and cultural context of Chinese cinema.
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