Stanley Kwan's center stage /
Mette Hjort.
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, c2006.
xiv, 144 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
962209791X (pbk.), 9789622097919 (pbk.)
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Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, c2006.
962209791X (pbk.)
9789622097919 (pbk.)
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [129]-135), filmography (p. [127]-128), and index.
A Look Inside
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Center Stage' is widely recognised as a classic of the new Hong Kong cinema. This study is divided into three parts: 'On Method, Production, and Reception', 'Film Style' and 'Relevance and Meaning'.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume is divided into three parts: 'On Method, Production, and Reception', 'Film Style' and 'Relevance and Meaning'.
Main Description
Hjort argues that Stanley Kwan's contribution in Center Stage is to develop an approach to nonfiction filmmaking that is realist without being naïve. The value of the film's reflexive dimension, Hjort shows, has nothing to do with poststructuralist skepticism but with the compelling manifestation of a communicative model that serves as an alternative to hierarchical and authoritarian modes of social organization.
Unpaid Annotation
Center Stage is widely recognized as a classic of the New Hong Kong cinema, with its fascinating reconstruction of Ruan Lingyu's tragic life as a Chinese film star combined with sequences documenting the making of his film. Whereas many film scholars regard Stanley Kwan's film as an example of the Hong Kong nostalgia film, Mette Hjort shows that Center Stage is better understood as a heritage film that provides a precious cultural resource for rethinking relations between Hong Kong and China.
Table of Contents
On Method, Production, and Receptio
Angles and Approaches
Documentary Filmmaking in Hong Kong
The Making of Center Stage
Producers' Decisions, Distributors' Practices
The Constitut
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