Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers

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Columbia University Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 568 pages
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"I always compare filmmaking to cooking. Shooting is like buying the groceries. You buy all kinds of ingredients and the better ingredients you get, the better chance you have of making the movie you want."—Ang Lee, from Speaking in Images

Speaking in Images offers an engaging and rare collection of interviews with the directors who have changed the face of Chinese and international cinema. Michael Berry's discussions with such directors as Ang Lee ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhang Yimou ( Hero), Chen Kaige ( Farewell My Concubine), Stanley Kwan ( Lan Yu), Tsai Ming-Liang ( Vive l'Amour), Edward Yang ( Yi Yi), and Hou Hsiao-hsien ( Flowers of Shanghai) offer an eclectic and comprehensive portrait of contemporary Chinese cinema.

In interviews that capture each filmmaker's unique vision, the subjects discuss their formative years, the ideas and influences that shaped their work, film aesthetics, battles with censors and studios, the mingling of commercial and art film, and the future of Chinese cinema in a transnational context. Berry's introduction to the collection provides an overview of Chinese cinema in the second half of the twentieth century, placing the directors and their work in a wider historical and cultural context.

  

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Contents

Speaking in Images
1
Six Decades of Cinematic Innovation
21
Stealing Horses and Flying Kites
51
Historical Revolution and Cinematic Rebellion
83
Flying Colors
109
Working up a Sweat in a Celluloid Sauna
145
Banned in China
163
The Future of Chinese Cinema?
209
Freedom in Film
325
Living Through Films
423
From Spectral Nostalgia to Corporeal Desire
441
Hong Kong Independent
459
Pioneering PanAsian Cinema
485
The Last of the Chinese
509
NOTES
543
Trapped in the Past 362
555

Luckily Unlucky
273
Writing Taiwan in the Shadows
297

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About the author (2005)

Roland Barthes was one of the most influential critics and philosophers of the twentieth century. His works include Mythologies, S/Z, A Lover's Discourse, and Camera Lucida.

Rosalind Krauss is University Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University. She is the author of The Optical Unconscious, Formless: A User's Guide, The Picasso Papers, and Bachelors, among other works.

Denis Hollier is Professor of French Literature at New York University. He is the editor of A New History of French Literature and the author of Absent Without Leave: French Literature Under the Threat of War.

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