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From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China

edited by Paul G. Pickowicz and Yingjin Zhang
Format
Book
Published
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2006]
Language
English
Chinese (also in)
Series
Asia/Pacific/Perspective
Asia/Pacific/Perspectives
ISBN
0742554376, 9780742554375, 0742554384, 9780742554382
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Summary
"This groundbreaking book presents a critical introduction to the cultural and political dimensions of contemporary Chinese cinema. Leading Western and Chinese scholars trace the changing dynamics of Chinese film culture since the early 1990s as it moves away from underground and toward independence in the new century. Yet as the rich case studies illustrate, the sheer variety of alternative film culture itself provides sufficient opportunities for different-at times contradictory-configurations of cinematic products. Drawing on vigorous interdisciplinary scholarship, the book investigates the objects of its study from various methodological perspectives, ranging from historical and literary to sociological and ethnographic. In addition to offering critical readings of specific texts, this book explores alternative film culture through personal interviews, on-site observations, and media interrogations, from traditional print media to the visual media of film, television, and video, including the new digital media of the Internet. The contributors also consider the flourishing independent documentary filmmaking scene, highlighting a crucial part of alternative film that has been previously obscured by an almost exclusive attention on the fifth- and sixth-generation directors of fictional movies. With its fresh and knowledgeable analysis of Chinese underground and independent filmmaking, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in a society caught between socialism and global currents."--Publisher's website.
Contents
  • Social and political dynamics of underground filmmaking in China / Paul G. Pickowicz
  • My camera doesn't lie? Truth, subjectivity, and audience in Chinese independent film and video / Yingjin Zhang
  • "A scene beyond our line of sight" : Wu Wenguang and new documentary cinema's politics of independence / Matthew David Johnson
  • "Every man a star" : the ambivalent cult of amateur art in new Chinese documentaries / Valerie Jaffee
  • Independently Chinese : Duan Jinchuan, Jiang Yue, and Chinese documentary / Chris Berry
  • Trapped freedom and localized globalism / Tonglin Lu
  • Chinese underground films : critical views from China / Chen Mo and Zhiwei Xiao
  • Film clubs in Beijing : the cultural consumption of Chinese independent films / Seio Nakajima
  • Appendix : The Chinese underground film collection at the University of California, San Diego / Jim Cheng.
Description
xii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
  • Filmography: p. 245-248.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-257) and index.
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