A.F.7550 Graduate Seminar on Chinese New Waves Cinema (3 units)
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This course introduces the textual and institutional features of Chinese New Wave cinemas. They include Hong Kong New Wave cinema, Taiwanese New Wave cinema and PRC's fifth and sixth generation films. Enhancing an understanding in the creative approaches of the three cinemas, this course provides both diachronic and synchronic analyses of post-war New Wave movements in the world. Close study of the Chinese cinemas’ historical backgrounds, aesthetic contributions and cultural significances will be offered. Comparing and contrasting the uniqueness of the three cinemas, students will obtain a critical perspective to appreciate and critique their cinematic and cultural contributions. Exploring the cinematic styles, students will be able to understand how the auteurs’ creativity allows them each to compliment, transform, or reject traditional filmmaking norms. Students will be engaged in class discussion sessions for opportunities to plough through the differences and similarities of these cinematic practices. With refreshed analytical angles, students will be able to appreciate and critique effectively the Chinese-language films upon completion of the course.
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