Public Lecture on Chinese Cinema
Strand Union Building, Room 233
Professor Christopher Lupke from Washington State University is going to give a public lecture on Chinese cinema entitled "Residual Confucianism and the Crisis of Representation in the Cinema of Zhang Yimou." Professor Lupke received his Ph.D from Cornell University and is an associate professor of Chinese and Film Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Washington State University.
Zhang Yimou is arguably the best-known Chinese filmmaker in the Western world. His work has spurred an enormous array of written responses that range from extensive scholarly analyses to film reviews in popular venues such as the New York Times. This lecture offers a selective retrospective of Zhang Yimou's cinema, with particular attention to the theme of filiality and a structure Lupke will call "ritualized." It examines a variety of his films over the years, principally, Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, The Story of Qiu Ju, The Road Home, Happy Times, and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.
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