Taiwan's politics and the suffering of her inhabitants are invoked by Hou in the story of an extended family of four brothers.
Author: Berenice Reynaud
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Performing Arts
Winner of the Golden Lion in Venice in 1989, A City of Sadness introduced Western audiences to the richness of New Taiwanese Cinema. Its director, Hou Hsiao-hsien is now recognised as one of the most profoundly original auteurs in contemporary cinema. A City of Sadness revisits a painful episode in recent Taiwanese history, creating an elliptical and impressionistic picture of Chiang Kai-shek's takeover of the island after the defeat of his Kuomintang army by Mao Zedong. Taiwan's politics and the suffering of her inhabitants are invoked by Hou in the story of an extended family of four brothers. The first Taiwanese film shot in direct sound, A City of Sadness echoes the forgotten voices of ordinary people facing political repression. Berenice Reynaud deciphers the complex social and historical threads that combine in the film while analysing its aesthetics in the context of Hou's entire career. His journey from being a commercial director to becoming the famed master of long takes and painterly compositions is referred to the history of Taiwanese cinema and the philosophy of forms in Chinese art.
FEER Oct . , 12 , 1989 A city of sadness exterior shots of purportedly the same
building had to be shot in locations far removed from each other . Part of A City of Sadness had to be filmed in the mainland city of Xiamen , since uncluttered ...
Getting It on Film : Representing and Understanding History in A City of Sadness
Robert Chi ABSTRACT A City of Sadness ( Beiqing chengshi , dir . Hou Hsiao -
hsien , 1989 ) marks a turning point in contemporary Taiwanese history .
Category: Chinese literature
A quarterly of comparative studies of Chinese and foreign literatures.
Author: Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo)Publish On: 1871
6 But with respect to sadness , which Cicero prefers to call sickness ( ægritudo ) ,
and Virgil pain ( dolor ) ( as he says , “ Dolent gaudentque ” ? ) , but which I prefer
to call sorrow , because sickness and pain are more commonly used to ...
Hou further delves into the Taiwanese crisis of identity in his latest work , A City of Sadness ( 1989 ) . The film portrays Taiwan during its most chaotic years , the
period of transition that began in 1945 when Japan abruptly ended its 50 - year ...
Author: Boston (Mass.). City CouncilPublish On: 1895
City Council. We have had a busy year; we have had a fortunate year. I may say,
looking at it from a legislative point of view, we have ... bordering upon sadness;
and so, sometimes, I think the same thing occurs at the closing of a political year.
Author: General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New YorkPublish On: 1882
General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York Thomas
Earle, Charles Taber Congdon ... and inspected its workshops , school - rooms ,
and play - grounds , I realized feelings of sadness and joy indescribable .
Author: General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York
Such was the alacrity displayed on this occasion by the City , that the following
vote of thanks was passed by ... is to be forborne this year upon serious
consideration of the sadness of the times and encrease of this fore visitation in the City .
Author: Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkPublish On: 1889
Thus he alternated for years in what seemed at times a well - nigh hopeless
conflict , but always with a transcendent brightness and heroism of spirit , until the
last search for health had its fatal end in circumstances of inexpressible sadness .
Author: Association of the Bar of the City of New York
He does so , but such discipline often brings with it discouragement and sadness
, - sometimes almost despair . Under such circumstances no man can work
heartily ; his very life is diminished ; his hope , his inspiration , is withdrawn from
Author: San Jose (Calif.) Public SchoolsPublish On: 1888
Together with the Course of Study and Rules and Regulations for the Public
Schools of the City of San Jose, California San ... 9 Justify the punctuation in the
following : “ Yet were her thoughts of hiin , and at times a feeling of sadness
Passed o ...
To some , the city ' s sadness seems the reflex of its imputed decadence — " the sadeyed old witch of Venice , " James ... Morris , whose book about the city
includes a whole chapter on " Melancholia , " sees in the townspeople a " quality
Author: Michael L. Ross
Category: Literary Criticism
The fabled cities of Italy--Florence, Venice, and Rome--have each acquired a distinctive tradition of literary representation involving characteristic, recurrent motifs and symbolic signatures. A wealth of writing on each is examined in fiction and poetry of nineteenth and twentieth-century authors. The analysis points to Florence frequently being depicted in terms of binary oppositions, such as past versus present, stasis versus movement, and light versus darkness. Venetian narratives commonly are infused with motifs relating to dream and unreality, obsession, voyeurism, isolation, melancholia, and death. History, combined with the motif of change, is a controlling metaphor for Roman fiction and poetry. In a wider theoretical framework, this writing is analyzed for the light shed on the issue of the significance of setting in literature.
This month : Steve Bates celebrates the music emerging from the isolated fringes
of one of the coldest cities on earth ... and Heavy Metal capital than it Gothic
sensibility , portraying a city of sad , alienated a delicately mechanised music .
From a psychological point of view it may be argued that love and sadness and
nature are separate feelings and entities . But such is the power of romantic belief
in general and Whitman ' s in particular that observations and emotions can be ...
But so sad , ” said Grandfather . “ This play is a lament , remember . A lament for
the spirit of man astray in the world . ” “ But have we any right , ” asked
Grandfather , “ to let such sadness loose ? " “ I don't think it saddens people to
have their ...
She looked at me oddly , I thought , and with a certain sad laughter in her eyes , if
there is such a thing . It must have been laughter , for she was pleased to see me
, and at the moment the world had become a joke between us ; but she had ...
in the sky avendered at the ancis of all the Indian Summer dusk , and wondered
at the soft mysterious light in the sky overtopping this famous city that he had
never seen before . He wondered at the ancient sadness of this city and the ...
An old woman , representing the uncounted poor , asks you for a penny in your
doorway , her bent back telling its tale of unending labor , the lines of sadness on
her face indelible and deep . You ask her a few questions : Where did you come
But if the intervening years had been remarkably good to Ralph and Charlotte ,
they also generated a great sadness that was never entirely absent from their
lives thereafter . They would meet some hard blows and disappointments in the
Author: Mark I. Gelfand
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The fascinating story of continuity and change inside Boston's cultural establishment.