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Spaces and bodies: The legacy of Italian cinema in contemporary Chinese film-making
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Chinese Studies.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Italian cinema & media studies, ISSN 2047-7368, Vol. 2, no 1, 7-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Italian neorealist films had a strong impact on Chinese cinema since the founding of the PRC in 1949. Chinese directors of the 1980s and 1990s have looked at the works of Italian neorealist directors with renewed interest and Jia Zhangke’s early films have come to epitomize the lasting imprint of Italian Neorealism. This article investigates the influence of Italian neorealist tradition (and beyond) on Chinese filmmakers whose careers started after the turn of the century and whose works share a concern for the interplay of individuals and their surroundings. The essay also argues that space has a hermeneutic role for understanding the influence of Neorealism on certain recent Chinese narrative and documentary films. In line with the perception of an increasingly fragmented society, the impact of Italian directors on contemporary Chinese filmmakers such as Liu Shu, Li Ruijun and Wang Bing emerges as an on-going process of re-appropriation rather than the lasting imprint of master teaching. While textual or stylistic references may not always be immediately apparent, the influence of Italian directors on Chinese filmmaking becomes clearer after some close analyses of certain Chinese films in conjunction with an examination of the directors’ own observations.

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Intellect Ltd., 2014. Vol. 2, no 1, 7-21 p.
Keyword [en]
Chinese cinema, Italian cinema, Neorealism, Wang Bing, Li Ruijun, Liu Shu, Antonioni, Fellini
National Category
Studies on Film Cultural Studies
Research subject
Asian Languages and Cultures
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110885DOI: 10.1386/jicms.2.1.7_1OAI: diva2:773402
Available from: 2014-12-18 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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