The Cinema Of Jia Zhangke: Realism And Memory In Chinese Film by Cecília MalloThe Cinema Of Jia Zhangke: Realism And Memory In Chinese Film by Cecília Mallo

The Cinema Of Jia Zhangke: Realism And Memory In Chinese Film

byCecília Mallo

Hardcover | June 30, 2019

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Despite his films being subjected to censorship and denigration in his native China, Jia Zhangke has become the country's leading independent film director internationally. Seen as one of world cinema's foremost auteurs, he has been playing a crucial role in documenting and reflecting upon his country's era of intense transformations since the 1990s.

This book offers innovative scholarship and in-depth analysis of Jia's unique body of work from his opening act Platform, to experimental quasi-documentary 24 City through to the audacious addition of Mountains May Depart. Drawing on classic and contemporary realism theory, it suggests that his particular expression of the realist mode is greatly shaped by the aesthetics of other Chinese artistic traditions. These traditions allow Jia to unearth memories both personal and collective, still lingering within the ever-changing landscapes of contemporary China.

Interweaving issues relating to cinema, painting, architecture, opera, pop music, literature, geography, and history, chapters address the very nature of the so-called "impure" cinematographic art and in addition the complex representation of China through the ages.

Proving of value to students and scholars of film studies and to admirers of Jia's work, this book opens the door into Chinese cinema and culture at a time when the country is at the center of the world's attention.

Cecília Mello is a lecturer in film studies at the University of São Paulo. She has written previously on Jia Zhangke in book chapters and articles, and she is the co-editor of Realism and the Audiovisual Media (2009; paperback 2013) with Lúcia Nagib.
Title:The Cinema Of Jia Zhangke: Realism And Memory In Chinese FilmFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:June 30, 2019Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1784538159

ISBN - 13:9781784538156

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