This book examines to the Chinese Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1976, focusing mainly on the work of the so-called Fifth Generation filmmakers who experienced the Cultural Revolution first hand and produced movies about it. Attention is also given to films from Third, Fourth, and Sixth Generation directors. Asserting that fictional films can be seen as an agent enhancing our historical understanding, this study examines how such a theory of film might fit into a philosophy of history, while also seeking to find places where film and history intersect.
Ming-May Jessie Chen is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Mass Communications at the Providence University, Taiwan. Marzharual Haque is Professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Foreword by Phillip Gentile; Acknowledgements; I. Introduction; II. The Cultural Revolutions and the Chinese Film Industry; III. The Fifth Generation Directors and Their Films; IV. The Intersections of Film and History; V. Film as Historical Evidence; VI. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.