Chinese Film and Television

Course Description

This course will briefly introduce students to the history of film in China prior to 1949, with a focus on the Shanghai scene, while the bulk of the course will concentrate on the development of film in the People’s Republic of China since that time. Attention also to will be given to influences of pre-1949 film and Hong Kong and Taiwan film and TV on the development of post-1976 cinematography and television in China, detailing the move away from political propaganda-based film and TV and the increasing importance of market-driven (both domestic and international) entertainment values.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify major genres of modern Chinese film & television.
  • Analyze the diversity of modern Chinese film & television.
  • Describe the societal themes addressed in modern Chinese film & television.
  • Analyze the historical context from which modern Chinese film & television originates.
  • Identify the cultural context of modern Chinese film & television.


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