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Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory

Victor Fan


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 the 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 ... More

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

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816693559
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor Fan, author

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