Complex Synthesis of Author Sources 2

Complex Synthesis of Author Sources 2 - Jason Lau Complex...

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Jason Lau Complex Synthesis of Author Sources 3/19/12 Photographs have always had an interesting role in the world in the sense that they can be manipulated and utilized to reach various goals. Susan Sontag in her book On Photography discusses the role of images in societies, such as socialist China. The People’s Republic of China was established in 1949 under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong. From that year began a series of radical movements that sought to accelerate the development of the new Chinese nation. One of these movements included the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, in which Mao Zedong led a reform that attacked old and feudal thinking, culture, and tradition. According to Simon Leys, a Westerner visiting China, Chinese literature, art, and even photography suffered greatly from this movement, as the government implemented new standards over what was considered as acceptable content. In 1972, Mao Zedong invited filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni to film and document China. However, the resulting documentary was not well- received in China, inspiring many critical reviews, including one from the People’s Daily. The four sources are all concerned with choosing subject matter for the portrayal of China in film. Antonioni’s film and Sontag are similar in terms of their belief that a film can be much more
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2012 for the course WRIT 039 taught by Professor Stein during the Spring '08 term at UPenn.

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