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Author Reynaud, Beŕeńice, author

Title A city of sadness = Beiqing chengshi / Beŕeńice Reynaud
Edition First edition
Published London : British Film Institute : Bloomsbury Publishing (UK), 2002


Description 1 online resource (96 pages) : illustrations
Series BFI Film Classics
BFI film classics
Contents 1. Chinese History Is Made at Night -- 2. A Family in the Wind of History -- 3. A Polyphony of Voices -- 4. Lost Spaces -- 5. An Aesthetic of the Fleeting Moment -- Appendix 1. The Lin Family Genealogy
Summary Winner of the Golden Lion in Venice in 1989, A City of Sadness introduced Western audiences to the richness of New Taiwanese Cinema. Its director, Hou Hsiao-hsien is now recognised as one of the most profoundly original auteurs in contemporary cinema. A City of Sadness revisits a painful episode in recent Taiwanese history, creating an elliptical and impressionistic picture of Chiang Kai-shek's takeover of the island after the defeat of his Kuomintang army by Mao Zedong. Taiwan's politics and the suffering of her inhabitants are invoked by Hou in the story of an extended family of four brothers. The first Taiwanese film shot in direct sound, A City of Sadness echoes the forgotten voices of ordinary people facing political repression. Berenice Reynaud deciphers the complex social and historical threads that combine in the film while analysing its aesthetics in the context of Hou's entire career. His journey from being a commercial director to becoming the famed master of long takes and painterly compositions is referred to the history of Taiwanese cinema and the philosophy of forms in Chinese art
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; description from resource and publisher's metadata (viewed on 25 September 2020)
SUBJECT Bei qing cheng shi (Motion picture)
Subject Motion pictures -- Taiwan
Political persecution -- Taiwan
Films, cinema.
Motion pictures.
Political persecution.
SUBJECT Taiwan -- History -- February Twenty Eighth Incident, 1947
Subject Taiwan.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781838712846
Other Titles Beiqing chengshi