East Building 122
Section Information for Fall 2012This course provides a historical overview of Chinese language cinema, focusing on productions from Mainland China. The story of Chinese cinema is closely entwined with the turbulent history of 20th century China. Since its beginnings in the early 1900s – during the final years of the last imperial dynasty – Chinese cinema has embodied and responded to the profound challenges brought about by a rapidly changing world. In exploring this story, we will study the works of a number of key directors and examine moments of dramatic shifts in cinematic style within a broader social and political context. We will pay particular attention to issues of national, cultural, and gender identities, the relationship between art and politics, and cross-cultural communication.