From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China

Author:   Paul G. Pickowicz ,  Yingjin Zhang
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
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9780742554382


Pages:   280
Publication Date:   11 August 2006
Format:   Paperback
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From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China


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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. Contributions by: Chris Berry, Jim Cheng, Valerie Jaffee, Matthew David Johnson, Tonglin Lu, Chen Mo, Seio Nakajima, Paul G. Pickowicz, Zhiwei Xiao, and Yingjin Zhang.

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Author:   Paul G. Pickowicz ,  Yingjin Zhang
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.70cm , Length: 22.80cm
Weight:   0.440kg
ISBN:  

9780742554382


ISBN 10:   0742554384
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   11 August 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Social and Political Dynamics of Underground Filmmaking in China Chapter 3 My Camera Doesn't Lie?: Truth, Subjectivity, and Audience in Chinese Independent Film and Video Chapter 4 A Scene beyond Our Line of Sight: Wu Wenguang and New Documentary Cinema's Politics of Independence Chapter 6 Every Man a Star : The Ambivalent Cult of Amateur Art in New Chinese Documentaries Chapter 8 Independently Chinese: Duan Jinchuan, Jiang Yue, and Chinese Documentary Chapter 9 Trapped Freedom and Localized Globalism Chapter 10 Chinese Underground Films: Critical Views from China Chapter 12 Film Clubs in Beijing: The Cultural Consumption of Chinese Independent Films

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A welcome addition to scholarship on contemporary non-state Chinese filmmaking and its context both in China and globally... This accessible book should appeal to a broad audience. Highly Recommended. CHOICE A useful collection, with a good balance of established and emerging academic talent amongst its authors... The book offers a readable and stimulating set of thoughts on the meaning of independence in a post-Mao cinematic environment, on the continuities of style and narrational techniques across Chinese film history, and on the ways in which film articulates the delicate play between ideas of freedom and the realities of control in contemporary China. China Journal Pickowicz and Zhang's volume is a timely publication, highly recommended not only for cinema classes but also for any discussion on the relationship between the state and the arts in contemporary China. -- . China Quarterly, March 2008 This excellent volume is a significant contribution to the existing film studies literature and has instantly become an important baseline study. It offers a variety of methodologies and perspectives in clear and accessible writing that persuasively challenge conventional wisdom. Although film books on China are becoming more common there are none available on this increasingly important subject. I will definitely use it in my classes. -- Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California


This excellent volume is a significant contribution to the existing film studies literature and has instantly become an important baseline study. It offers a variety of methodologies and perspectives in clear and accessible writing that persuasively challenge conventional wisdom. Although film books on China are becoming more common there are none available on this increasingly important subject. I will definitely use it in my classes.--Rosen, Stanley


A welcome addition to scholarship on contemporary non-state Chinese filmmaking and its context both in China and globally... This accessible book should appeal to a broad audience. Highly Recommended. CHOICE A useful collection, with a good balance of established and emerging academic talent amongst its authors... The book offers a readable and stimulating set of thoughts on the meaning of independence in a post-Mao cinematic environment, on the continuities of style and narrational techniques across Chinese film history, and on the ways in which film articulates the delicate play between ideas of freedom and the realities of control in contemporary China. China Journal Pickowicz and Zhang's volume is a timely publication, highly recommended not only for cinema classes but also for any discussion on the relationship between the state and the arts in contemporary China. -- March 2008 China Quarterly This excellent volume is a significant contribution to the existing film studies literature and has instantly become an important baseline study. It offers a variety of methodologies and perspectives in clear and accessible writing that persuasively challenge conventional wisdom. Although film books on China are becoming more common there are none available on this increasingly important subject. I will definitely use it in my classes. -- Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California


A welcome addition to scholarship on contemporary non-state Chinese filmmaking and its context both in China and globally... This accessible book should appeal to a broad audience. Highly Recommended. CHOICE A useful collection, with a good balance of established and emerging academic talent amongst its authors... The book offers a readable and stimulating set of thoughts on the meaning of independence in a post-Mao cinematic environment, on the continuities of style and narrational techniques across Chinese film history, and on the ways in which film articulates the delicate play between ideas of freedom and the realities of control in contemporary China. China Journal Pickowicz and Zhang's volume is a timely publication, highly recommended not only for cinema classes but also for any discussion on the relationship between the state and the arts in contemporary China. -- March 2008 The China Quarterly This excellent volume is a significant contribution to the existing film studies literature and has instantly become an important baseline study. It offers a variety of methodologies and perspectives in clear and accessible writing that persuasively challenge conventional wisdom. Although film books on China are becoming more common there are none available on this increasingly important subject. I will definitely use it in my classes. -- Rosen, Stanley


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Paul G. Pickowicz is professor of history at the University of California, San Diego. Yingjin Zhang is professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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