In this course we study Chinese films from Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan. The course focuses on films produced since 1980. Chinese films share roots in the Shanghai cinema of the 1930s but, after the Second World War, Chinese cinema fragmented. Global admiration for Chinese films rose sharply in the 1980s as “new waves” appeared in Hong Kong, the PRC and Taiwan simultaneously. This course concentrates on that era of achievement. Films include works by Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, John Woo, Ann Hui, Feng Xiaogang, Stanley Kwan, Hou Hsaoi-hsien, Edward Yang and Wong Kar-wai.
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1 or relevant academic preparation.
Recommended Preparation: CIN201Y1
Note: Can be counted toward programs in Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Toronto.
CIN376Y0 – 2018 Outline
Field trips: Course excursions will include several trips to the Hong Kong Film Archive, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History. The cost of these field trips are approximately CAD$50, paid onsite for entrance fees and public transportation.
Instructor: Bart Testa is a senior lecturer at the Cinema Studies Instiute, Innis College, University of Toronto. His teaching includes courses on Chinese cinemas, film theory, experimental cinema, science fiction movies, sex in films, the acIon cinema, and other popular film genres and studies of individual directors. He has authored two books on experimental films, Back and Forth: Early Cinema and the Avant-Garde (1993) and Spirit in the Landscape (1989) and has edited an anthology on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Testa has written numerous journal arIcles and anthologized essays. He is currently the Cinema Studies Institute’s undergraduate coordinator.
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