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The Formation of Chinese Art Cinema

1990–2003

Authors: Yang, Li

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  • Provides first comprehensive historical account of the 1990s Chinese art wave, encompassing both institutional and aesthetic analyses
  • Offers a new interpretation of the early Sixth Generation Cinema and a correction to the overtly political readings of Chinese art films in some previous scholarly and journalistic discourses
  • Proposes "art film" as a central theoretical concept to films of the period for the first time
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The Formation of Chinese Art Cinema: 1990–2003 examines the development of Chinese art film in the People’s Republic of China from 1990, when the first Sixth Generation film Mama was released, to 2003, when authorities acknowledged the legitimacy of underground filmmakers. Through an exploration of the production and consecration mechanisms of the new art wave and its representative styles, this book argues that the art wave of the 1990s fundamentally defined Chinese art cinema. In particular, this vital art wave was not enabled by democratic liberalism, but by the specific industrial development, in which the film system transitioned from Socialist propaganda into a commercialized entity. Allowing Chinese art film to grow but at the same time denying its legitimacy, this paradoxical transition process shaped Chinese art film’s institutional and aesthetical alternative positioning, which eventually helped consolidate the art wave into art cinema. Ultimately, this book is a history of the Chinese portion of global art cinema, which also reveals the complex Chinese cultural experiences during the Reform Era.

About the authors

Li Yang is Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Program of Asian Studies at Lafayette College, USA.

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The Formation of Art Cinema in China is an important intervention that sheds new light on contemporary Chinese cinema. Li Yang innovatively combines analysis of critical discourses and industrial practices by approaching cinema as a Bourdieuian field. Cutting across conventional divisions between independent and mainstream, she reveals how Chinese filmmakers have drawn inspiration from New Waves around the world and gone on to develop Chinese art cinema’s own distinct character.” (Chris Berry, Professor of Film Studies, King’s College London, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97211-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97210-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Formation of Chinese Art Cinema
Book Subtitle
1990–2003
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97211-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97211-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97210-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 228
Number of Illustrations
21 illustrations in colour
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