Fall 2012

An Introduction to Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-235  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-326


Paola Zamperini (Section 01)


(Offered as ASLC 235 [C] and FAMS 326.)  In the last fifteen years, Chinese films have regularly won important awards in international film festivals. Who are the major filmmakers, actors and producers in the People’s Republic of China today? How can the recent success be traced to the Chinese film industry that has thrived since 1905? This course introduces the world of contemporary cinematic representations and discourses in the People’s Republic of China in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a focus on how social, political and cultural changes of modern and contemporary China find their expressions in films.

By focusing on the work of directors like Zhang Yimou and Jiang Wen, Jia Zhangke and Cui zi’en, as well as Xu Jinglei and Du Haibin, we will discuss millennial utopias and dystopias, gender and transgender, modernity and cultural identity, history and memory, urban culture, relocation and social migration. Students will learn to develop a critical understanding of Chinese society and culture through film, as well as to use and analyze film language.

No previous knowledge of Chinese cinema and culture is required. Fall semester. Professor Zamperini.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012