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Table of Contents Foreword by Phillip Gentile i Acknowledgments v Chapter I - Introduction 1 Methodology 4 Research Questions 9 Review of literature pertaining to Cultural Revolution and Other Matters 10 The Cultural Revolution and Relevant Events 10 Chinese Directors and Their Films 14 Intersections of Film and History 19 Philosophy of History 22 Film Theory and Ideological Analysis 26 Chapter II - The Cultural Revolution and the Chinese Film Industry 31 The Cultural Revolution and Its Aftermath 31 The Cultural Revolution's Impact on Chinese Film Industry 44 The Film Industry after the Cultural Revolution 52 Chapter III - The Fifth Generation Directors and Their Films tc "The Fifth Generation Directors and Their Films " \l 2 61 The Emergence of the Fifth Generation tc " The Emergence of the Fifth Generation" 61 The Fifth Generation Directors, the Cultural Revolution, and Their Films 73 Chen Kaige and Farewell, My Concubine 75 Tian Zhuangzhuang and The Blue Kite 78 Zhang Yimou and To Live 82 Chapter IV - The Intersections of Film and History 87 Overview of the Philosophy of History 87 Historical Objectivity vs. Historical Relativism 87 The (Im)possibility of Objectivity 95 Cinematic Re-presentation and Representation 102 The Film as an Art 102 Cinematic Subjectivity 107 The Intersections of Film and History 112 Chapter V - Film as Historical Evidence 121 A Relativistic View of Historical Films 121 The Cinematic Representations of the Cultural Revolution 126 Four Modes of Narrative 135 The Cultural Revolution as Tragedy 140 The Cultural Revolution as Comedy 159 The Cultural Revolution as Irony 161 The Cultural Revolution as Romance 166 Chapter VI - Conclusion 171 Bibliography 179 Index . . . 203
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
China -- In motion pictures.
China -- History -- Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976.
Zhang, Yimou -- Criticism and interpretation.
Chen, Kaige, 1952- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Tian, Zhuangzhuang -- Criticism and interpretation.