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By Xia Hong, Hou Jianping, George S. Semsel

This is often the 1st choice of translations of chinese language movie thought to be released in English. by utilizing translations instead of summaries, as different works have performed, chinese language movie thought offers readers with an advent to the problems present in China's movie circles. It comprises eighteen chapters written by means of a vast variety of writers--from good confirmed students to children in the beginning in their involvement in movie in China. This assortment exhibits a development clear of the examine of exterior traits of movie and towards a research of the movie itself. the quantity has been conscientiously equipped in order that significant matters are interrelated; hence, the booklet includes an ongoing debate of movie idea concerns, progressing from past to latest concerns, following the controversy in regards to the courting of movie to literary arts, and looking out on the debate over the connection of movie to tradition. The booklet concludes that at the moment, debate has nearly ended end result of the political scenario in China. This booklet is a crucial new resource to someone drawn to movie stories, movie idea, or chinese language reviews.

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If we use nationalization as an excuse for refusing importation, should we wait then for the appearance of our own Edison and Lumiere brothers to create our own national film? Finally, we want to point out that although we emphasize the modernization of cinematic language, we needn't mechanically take over and thoughtlessly imitate foreign cinematic language. We should take a practical and realistic attitude toward foreign film. We should digest whatever we learn from the cinematic language of foreign films, integrate it with the real life of the Chinese people, and create a modern cinematic language of our own that can manifest the unique style of our nation.

This actually puts a higher responsibility on screenwriters, though it is the director who will complete the visual images, and at the same time ensures that the literary value of the script is best presented. The glamor of a script cannot be fully cast unless it is represented on the screen. I am not in the least downgrading the role of the screenwriter by saying so; on the contrary, I mean to ask screenwriters to command a better knowledge of the cinematic means of representation so as not to have their work misunderstood or distorted by a director.

The third is based on crisis. Dramaturgy occurs whenever a crisis and turning point in life takes place. However, whether based on strong will or crisis, conflict always involves two or more opposing sides. In most cases, dramaturgy is produced in moments of quiet and peace, but when life reaches a crossroad, it comes from the suspense of achieving success or going down to defeat. Therefore, the theatrical principles such as suspense and climax cannot be thrown away. In my understanding, Zhong Dianfei's proposal to divorce film from drama means to discard the restrictions of the stage, but not all means of theatrical literature.

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