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CINEMA APPROACHING REALITY: LOCATING CHINESE FILM THEORY. Victor Fan. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2015. 296 pp. 21 x 13 cm. ISBN 9780816693573 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 166440. Publisher's description: In Cinema Approaching Reality, Victor Fan brings together, for the first time, Chinese and Euro-American film theories and theorists to engage in critical debates about film in Shanghai and Hong Kong from the 1920s through 1940s. His point of departure is a term popularly employed by Chinese film critics during this period, bizhen, often translated as "lifelike" but best understood as "approaching reality." What these Chinese theorists mean, in Fan's reading, is that the cinematographic image is not a form of total reality, but it can allow spectators to apprehend an effect as though they had been there at the time when an event actually happened. Fan suggests that the phrase "approaching reality" can help to renegotiate an aporia (blind spot) that influential French film critic Andre Bazin wrestled with: the cinematographic image is a trace of reality, yet reality is absent in the cinematographic image, and the cinema makes present this absence as it reactivates the passage of time.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166441
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