Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Cinema

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Univ of California Press, Jan 21, 2020 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
 South Korea in the 1950s was home to a burgeoning film culture, one of the many “Golden Age cinemas” that flourished in Asia during the postwar years. Cold War Cosmopolitanism offers a transnational cultural history of South Korean film style in this period, focusing on the works of Han Hyung-mo, director of the era’s most glamorous and popular women’s pictures, including the blockbuster Madame Freedom (1956). Christina Klein provides a unique approach to the study of film style, illuminating how Han’s films took shape within a “free world” network of aesthetic and material ties created by the legacies of Japanese colonialism, the construction of US military bases, the waging of the cultural Cold War by the CIA, the forging of regional political alliances, and the import of popular cultures from around the world. Klein combines nuanced readings of Han’s sophisticated style with careful attention to key issues of modernity—such as feminism, cosmopolitanism, and consumerism—in the first monograph devoted to this major Korean director.

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Contents

Postcolonial Postwar Cold War
13
Illustrations FiGURES 1 yongsan Train Station Seoul 1950
14
Dance hall in Madame Freedom
15
Cold War Cosmopolitan Feminism
32
Ssisters in A Jealousy
33
Helen Kim president of Ewha Womans University
42
Lee Taiyoung South Koreas first female lawyer
46
Public Culture
53
Mme Ohs entrance into the dance hall and
124
MiseenScène
144
Oasis of commercial plenitude in Madame Freedom
145
Advertising for Crown Beer in A Female Boss
150
The Shop Girl by James Tissot 188385
151
Margarets apartment in The Hand of Destiny
156
Busan PX 1951
176
Spectacle
179

Han Hyungmo on the set of The Hand of Destiny
54
First issue of Yŏwŏn
63
Female taxi driver in Yŏwŏn
64
Fashionable magazine publisher in A Female Boss
82
Character and Plot
85
Domestic scene in Madame Freedom
86
visceral cosmopolitanism in Madame Freedom
90
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Patriarchy restored in Madame Freedom
93
Setting Cinematography and Sound
108
Hotel room in Madame Freedom
109
Westernstyle clothes shop in The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice
116
Paris Boutique in Madame Freedom
117
The Kim Sisters in Hyperbolae of Youth
180
Sunae does judo on her husband
185
A virtual fashion show on the beach
197
Pattern for a bullet bra in Yŏwŏn
201
nora noh costume in A Female Boss
208
Sidewalk confrontation
210
Conclusion
224
Notes
231
Filmography
271
Index
289
Traditional dance in Because I Love You 216
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Christina Klein is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Boston College.
 

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