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chinese cinema exam 2 - Spring 2011 165:262 The Chinese...

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Spring 2011 165:262 The Chinese Cinema take-home exam English Name: Michael Mai Chinese Name: p Essay Questions 1. Zhang Zhen addresses how the theme of the “female double” articulates a particular urban experience and cinematic vision in a “dreamy documentary” or a “ghost story” of contemporary Shanghai in SUZHOU RIVER. How do you understand the urban issues, such as city crimes, prostitution, mental illness, alcoholism, migration workers, and love story, in SUZHOU RIVER? Zhang Zhen addresses the cinematic vision in a dreamy documentary form. We can see that in the very beginning of the movie Suzhou River. The quality as a “dreamy documentary” of Shanghai is displayed in the opening of the film before the title appears. The movie mainly focuses on the psychological reality such as the love story, city crimes, mental illness…etc. We can see the love story part between Mudan and Mardar. However, when Mardar was forced to kidnap Mudan, the love changed into hate, as well as the city crimes. On top of that, the death of Mudan caused Mardar to have mental illness from missing his former lover plus drinking excessively which leads to alcoholism. Later in the film, Mardar transforms his love to this beauty lady, Meimei, who would constantly disappear for days and return back to him. The way I interpreted the relationship between Meimei and Mudan is that they look very much alike so that Mardar was confused plus the ghost of Mudan is probably inside of Meimei’s body. 2. List three examples to address respectively the presence and its meanings of camera; 1. Documentary recording, my camera doesn’t lie; 2. Subjective viewpoints; 3. Voyeuristic gaze in SUZHOU RIVER. The first meaning of the camera, documentary recording, and my camera doesn’t lie simply means that the view and the producers can see and try to show everything in its true nature. There is no way to mask or hide from it. An example would be the, at the beginning of the film where an unknown guy was filming as she walks around laughing. The second meaning of the camera is a subjective viewpoint. Hua, the videographer, never shows his face in the film. However, the voice in the background and the narrator voice we kept hearing throughout the whole film is a way for him to express himself. On top of that, the camera he uses is serving as his subjective point of view. Third meaning of the camera is voyeuristic gaze. Instead of merely commenting on the role of the audience in cinema, as a voyeur, Suzhou River robs the viewer of its gaze and thrusts them into the picture before them.
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3. In the critical essay about EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, Romney notes, “there’s this discrepancy between the ritual of food presented with love and the difficulty of actually tasting the love in.” What are your ideas about the offering, tasting, and understanding of food and its implications in the Chu family? As the title of the film, EAT drink man women, the film involves a lot of food throughout
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course CHINESE 262 taught by Professor Weiling during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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