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January 25, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jason McGrath

Reevaluating Chinese Cinematic Realism in the Age of the Digital

February 23, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

How does digital technology change the ontology of the cinematic image, and specifically how has Chinese film responded creatively to these changes in recent years? This talk will explore these questions first with reference to the recent films of Jia Zhangke, the leading "urban generation" director whose earlier realist aesthetic has been increasingly challenged by his own practices in later films. This will lead to a broader discussion of the boom in underground "amateur" filmmaking made possible by digital technology as well as the prominence of CGI digital effects in recent big-budget blockbuster action films from China.

Jason McGrath is Associate Professor of Chinese film and literature at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He is the author of Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age, and his essays on Chinese film have appeared in various journals and anthologies. His current projects include a collection of translated Chinese critical writings on film and a book manuscript entitled "Inscribing the Real."

Posted by zzhu at January 25, 2010 01:36 PM