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The Age of New WavesArt Cinema and the Staging of Globalization$
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James Tweedie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858286.001.0001

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Chinese Cinema in a World of Flows

Chinese Cinema in a World of Flows

The New Wave in the People’s Republic of China

(p.209) {7} Chinese Cinema in a World of Flows
The Age of New Waves

James Tweedie

Oxford University Press

The “flow” has been one of the key metaphors used to describe the increasingly rapid movement of goods, people, ideas, and images in the age of globalization. This chapter focuses on Chinese cinema during the first years of “reform and opening to the outside world,” and it argues that even before the emergence of Fifth Generation directors like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige, Chinese filmmakers were concerned with the implications of these transnational cultural flows. In both the film theory of this transitional era and the work of Fourth Generation directors, the cinema of the early 1980s reveals a changing social and artistic landscape in which the modern city has overtaken the countryside as the site of revolutionary consciousness. It also displays a new cinematic modernism that begins to replace a socialist realist aesthetic.

Keywords:   chinese new wave, china’s, fifth generation, china’s, fourth generation, socialist realism, reform and opening, globalization, cities, film theory

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