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Victor Fan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693559

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693559.001.0001

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Soft Film Theory

Soft Film Theory

Life in All Its Presence and Concreteness

(p.75) 3 Soft Film Theory
Cinema Approaching Reality

Victor Fan

University of Minnesota Press

I study the soft film theory in the 1930s by contextualizing it within the cross-cultural intellectual debate on life and art, and analyse how this aesthetic debate sees the cinema as a biomimetic machine that negotiates the relationship between life, biological life and national life.

Keywords:   Cinema ontology, Chinese film theory, Comparative film studies, Cinematographic time and temporality, Life and cinema, Potentiality

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