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Fiery CinemaThe Emergence of an Affective Medium in China, 1915-1945$
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Weihong Bao

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681334

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681334.001.0001

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Fiery Action

Fiery Action

Toward an Aesthetics of New Heroism

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Fiery Cinema

Weihong Bao

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 1 situates the action-based aesthetic of “fiery films” (1927 to 1931) as a response to Hollywood serialized thrillers mediated by the competition between stage and screen. I complicate the popular scene by looking at how New Heroism, a composite modernist discourse, reframed “fiery films” to foreground “resonance” as a theory of affect for its distinct social and aesthetic agendas.

Keywords:   Affect, Medium, Intermediality, Propaganda, Spectatorship, Chinese cinema, Architecture, wireless technology, early television, aesthetics

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