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Independent Chinese Documentary: From the Studio to the Street

Independent Chinese Documentary: From the Studio to the Street (Hardback)

By Robinson, L.

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In the past twenty years, China has witnessed the flowering of an independent documentary cinema characterized by a particular verite aesthetic. Independent Chinese Documentary traces the roots of this style back to the 1980s, and the gradual abandonment of studio-based filmmakin...g, dominant during the Maoist era, for shooting live and on location. Known in Chinese as xianchang -- or being on 'the scene' -- this documentary practice is partly distinguished by its embrace of the contingent. Through a series of synoptic case studies, this book considers the different ways in which contingency manifests in independent Chinese documentary; the practical and aesthetic challenges its mediation presents for individual film directors; and the reasons for the quality's significance, set against the backdrop of China's ongoing postsocialist transition, and the consequences of this process for the very act of documentary representation itself.
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ISBN 9780230298293
Released AU 28 Jan 2013
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780230298293
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint Palgrave MacMillan
Released 28 Jan 2013
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Robinson, L.
Category Performing Arts: Films, Cinema
Number of Pages 198
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 16mm
Dewey Code 791.436
Weight 3,648g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Culture-Study and teaching, Film genres, Ethnology-Asia, Motion pictures-History, Motion pictures-Production and d
NBS Text Film, TV & Radio
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly