Chinese Cinema (CHNS3639)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit introduces students to the cinema of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We will view representative films of different periods and different regions, and read them within their historical and cultural context. We will explore how these films blend "traditional Chinese" and local elements -- plots, symbols, sound, music, performance styles and others -- with "modern" and "global" devices. We will also examine how Chinese cinema thus creates new definitions of Chinese identity and modernity.

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Classes

2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week and 2-3 hours film screening

Assessment

classwork (10%), oral presentation plus written report of 500wds (30%), 1x1hr in-class test (20%), 1x2000wd essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: No knowledge of the Chinese language or cinema is required., 12 credit points from Table A of the Table of Units of Study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: No knowledge of the Chinese language or cinema is required.

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