This groundbreaking book presents a critical introduction to the cultural and political dimensions of contemporary Chinese cinema. Exploring the complex and shifting world of Chinese underground and independent film, leading Western and Chinese scholars trace the changing dynamics of Chinese film culture since the early 1990s as it moves away from underground and toward independence in the new century. With its fresh and knowledgeable analysis of Chinese underground and independent filmmaking, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in a society caught between socialism and global currents.
Paul G. Pickowicz is professor of history at the University of California, San Diego. Yingjin Zhang is professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego.
Chapter 1: Social and Political Dynamics of Underground Filmmaking in China Chapter 2: My Camera Doesn't Lie? Truth, Subjectivity, and Audience in Chinese Independent Film and Video Chapter 3: A Scene beyond Our Line of Sight: Wu Wenguang and New Documentary Cinema's Politics of Independence Chapter 4: "Every Man a Star": The Ambivalent Cult of Amateur Art in New Chinese Documentaries Chapter 5: Independently Chinese: Duan Jinchuan, Jiang Yue, and Chinese Documentary Chapter 6: Trapped Freedom and Localized Globalism Chapter 7: Chinese Underground Films: Critical Views from China Chapter 8: Film Clubs in Beijing: The Cultural Consumption of Chinese Independent Films