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New Taiwanese Cinema in Focus

Moving Within and Beyond the Frame

Flannery Wilson

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Places Taiwanese cinema from the 1980s onwards in both national and transnational contexts

In the Taiwanese film industry, the dichotomy between ‘art-house’ and commercially viable films is heavily emphasized. However, since the democratization of the political landscape in Taiwan, Taiwanese cinema has become internationally fluid. As the case studies in this book demonstrate, filmmakers such as Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-liang, and Ang Lee each engage with international audience expectations. New Taiwanese Cinema in Focus therefore presents the Taiwanese New Wave and Second Wave movements with an emphasis on intertextuality, citation and trans-cultural dialogue.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
1. Charting the Course: Defining the Taiwanese Cinematic ‘Tradition’
2. Taiwanese-Italian Conjugations: The Fractured Story-Telling of Edward Yang’s The Terrorizers and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up
3. Mapping Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Visuality: Setting, Silence, and the Incongruence of Translation in Flight of the Red Balloon
4. Disjointed Connectivity and Lonely Intertextuality in Tsai Ming-liang’s What Time is it There?
5. The Chinese/Hollywood Aesthetic of Ang Lee: ‘Westernized’, Capitalist…and Box Office Gold
6. Filming Disappearance or Renewal? The Ever-Changing Representations of Taipei in Contemporary Taiwanese Cinema
Conclusion
Bibliography
Filmography
Notes
Index

About the Author

Flannery Wilson received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside in June 2011. She teaches French, Italian and film studies. Currently, she is teaching French at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Her research sheds light on the cross-cultural interactions between French and Italian and Chinese cinema(s). Her articles have appeared in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Senses of Cinema, and the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema.

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Flannery Wilson takes a discerning look at Taiwanese cinema in the last quarter century. Her clear-sighted and well-considered study offers fresh insight into some of the most important films and filmmakers of our time.

- Noble Professor of Art and Cultural History, Sarah Lawrence College, Gilberto Perez

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