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Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society
by Harry H. Kuoshu
Southern Illinois University Press, 2002
eISBN: 978-0-8093-8915-5 | Paper: 978-0-8093-2456-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.K86 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43750951


Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society by Harry H. Kuoshu is a lucid introduc­tion to the cinema of mainland China from the early 1930s to the early 1990s.

Emphasizing both film contexts and film texts, this study invites film scholars and students to a broad cinematic analysis that includes investigations of cultural, cross-cultural, intellectual, social, ethnic, and political issues. Such a holistic evaluation allows for a better understanding of both the genesis of a special kind of film art from the People’s Republic of China and the culture exemplified in those films.

The fifteen films include: Two Stage Sisters; Hibis­cus Town; Farewell My Concubine; Street Angel; Three Women; Human, Woman, Demon; Judou; Girl from Hunan; Sacrificed Youth; Horse Thief; Yellow Earth; Old Well; Red Sorghum; Black Cannon Incident; and Good Morning, Beijing.

Discussions of each film have an introduction, passages from the director’s own notes whenever available, and a scholarly article. Discussion ques­tions are found in an appendix. Within its complete bibliography, the book also features a suggested read­ing list for Chinese film classes.


Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Cul­ture and Society is the first book to provide such an exhaustive study of the art and cultural context of Chinese cinema.

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