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Author Source 2 - A Vicious Motive, Despicable Tricks

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Jason Lau 3/14/12 Outline of Author Source 2 A Vicious Motive, Despicable Tricks - A Criticism of M. Antonioni’s Anti-China Film “China” Michelangelo Antonioni’s documentary Chung Kuo uses deception in order to attack communist China. The author states how the revolution in China was a great accomplishment and states that Michelangelo Antonioni’s documentary was an attack on China. His goal was not to better understand China, but rather to slander China through his portrayals of the Chinese people. He states that the film is a political smear of China that ignores many of China’s achievements post- revolution. He also says that Antonioni only chose to portray the less-industrializes, less successful areas and enterprises of socialist China. The author criticizes Antonioni’s choice of what to film and the juxtaposition of the scenes. He also criticizes Antonioni’s techniques, stating that he filmed China’s achievements from a bad perspective with crooked angles.
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Unformatted text preview: He compares his techniques as similar to those of a thief and a spy. Antonioni’s choice of commentary and settings to film in depicted China as a backwards country stuck in the past. The introduction opens with a valiant depiction of the Chinese Revolution in order to contrast it with the film. The author analyzes the film’s commentary and film techniques. The author uses strong adjectives in order to arouse a more emotional response from the audience. He analyzes many individual scenes of the film and counters them with strong rhetoric and reasons. The examples the author uses consist of quotations and descriptions of the individual scenes. The basic pattern of the article can be described as descriptions of Antonioni’s statements followed by the author’s refutation of them. The author concludes by discussing the broader implications of the film and uses it as a way to bolster Chinese nationalism....
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