Download e-book for iPad: A Companion to Chinese Cinema by Yingjin Zhang

Download e-book for iPad: A Companion to Chinese Cinema by Yingjin Zhang

By Yingjin Zhang

A significant other to chinese language Cinema is a suite of unique essays written via specialists in various disciplines that supply a entire evaluate of the evolution and present kingdom of chinese language cinema.
Represents the main finished assurance of chinese language cinema to date
Applies a multidisciplinary method that maps the increasing box of chinese language cinema in daring and definitive ways
Draws realization to formerly overlooked parts similar to diasporic filmmaking, self sufficient documentary, movie types and methods, queer aesthetics, big name stories, movie and different arts or media
Features a number of chapters that discover China’s new industry financial system, govt coverage, and perform, putting the complex dating among movie and politics in a ancient and foreign context
Includes overviews of chinese language movie experiences in chinese language and English guides

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He first shows Dave working on an oil well, where he is framed by its wooden scaffolding; in the background, a long line of wells dominates the landscape. Then, in a virtuoso sequence, Wyler situates his camera below the well while Dave, mounted on a pulley, is hauled up to the top. When the scene shifts to the café where Marjorie works, Wyler gives the frame a double perspective, combining the cozy interior of the hometown eatery with the wells looming in the background—a fusion of the old, rural America and the booming economic energy of the new.

Soon we see some men, including Seth Law, untying a coffin from the boat. ) Seth, his son Matt, and others then proceed toward a cemetery. Like its predecessor, this film begins with a scene of death, although here it is literal rather than symbolic. During the procession, Wyler cuts to another in-depth long shot, casting the diminished figures in shadow even as they are dwarfed by the mountains and the sea. As the minister concludes the service and the mourners file away, Wyler draws attention to the sound of the earth hitting the coffin, and this mundane detail further undercuts the sentimentality of the scene, while adding to Matt’s grief and pain over the death of his mother.

Evelyn, we soon learn, is a virginal young woman who is only trying to get along as best she can. She is picked up by the wealthy Paul Harrington (Neil Hamilton), who is being driven home in a cab. In a lame bit of comic business, he arranges to have three additional cabs pick up her furniture, and all the drivers head south. The two fall in love and get married shortly after this meeting, but trouble begins when Evelyn is rejected by Paul’s mother and sister. Complicating the situation is Paul’s uncle, Judge Harrington (Norman Trevor), who met Evelyn at Guy Emory’s party and considers her unfit for his nephew.

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