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Unformatted text preview: Shweta Rana RU ID 126002060 Chinese Cinema 2010 February 17 Camera: The Culture Shock The camera is a versatile device that gave way to not only preservation of the world, but to the expansion of an isolated culture as well. Ann Hu’s Shadow Magic, tells the story of a 1902 China first introduced to the camera. Before being introduced to the camera, many elites took simple photographs to preserve their youth and for people to remember them. When the phono- graph, or the camera, was introduced to the Chinese people, they were reluctant to accept the non-traditional, foreign “trick” but soon, they were amazed at its marvel of silent, moving pic- tures. When Raymond Wallace from America comes to make profit from the phonograph, many Chinese people were reluctant and unbelieving. He came to simply earn some profit for his silent movies. No one wanted to watch his “Shadow Magic” films but luckily, the chief photo- grapher of the Feng Tai Photo Shop, Liu, became fascinated with the foreign invention. Knowing grapher of the Feng Tai Photo Shop, Liu, became fascinated with the foreign invention....
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- Spring '11
- Chinese, Silent film, Shadow Magic, Ann Hu