Cinema and the City

Cinema and the City

This book brings together the literature of urban sociology and film studies to explore new analytical and theoretical approaches to the relationship between cinema and the city, and to show how these impact on the realities of life in ...

Author: Mark Shiel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444399738

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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This book brings together the literature of urban sociology and film studies to explore new analytical and theoretical approaches to the relationship between cinema and the city, and to show how these impact on the realities of life in urban societies.
Categories: Social Science

Cinema at the City s Edge

Cinema at the City s Edge

Highlighting changing conceptions and blurring boundaries of "where city ends and cinema begins," this collection offers an original contribution to film/media and cultural studies, urban studies, and sociology.

Author: Yomi Braester

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789622099845

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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East Asia is a pivotal region in the advancement of media technologies, globalized consumerism and branding economies. City and urban spaces are now attracting cinematic imaginaries and the academic examination of visual images and urban space in East Asian contexts. Highlighting changing conceptions and blurring boundaries of "where city ends and cinema begins," this collection offers an original contribution to film/media and cultural studies, urban studies, and sociology.-Koichi Iwabucchi, Waseda University The originality of this book on the fragmented cities of Asia lies in the manner in which it pins down the relationship between visual images and urban space. The arguments are eloquent and persuasive, with close readings of critical media texts. Many of the dynamic issues tackled in the book are "on the edge" of film and cultural studies in Asia and should attract a wide readership.-Zhou Xuelin, University of Auckland
Categories: Social Science

The City in American Cinema

The City in American Cinema

This collection argues that cinema and cities have become increasingly intertwined in the era of neoliberalism, urban branding, and accelerated gentrification.

Author: Johan Andersson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350115620

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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How has American cinema engaged with the rapid transformation of cities and urban culture since the 1960s? And what role have films and film industries played in shaping and mediating the “postindustrial” city? This collection argues that cinema and cities have become increasingly intertwined in the era of neoliberalism, urban branding, and accelerated gentrification. Examining a wide range of films from Hollywood blockbusters to indie cinema, it considers the complex, evolving relationship between moving image cultures and the spaces, policies, and politics of US cities from New York, Los Angeles, and Boston to Detroit, Oakland, and Baltimore. The contributors address questions of narrative, genre, and style alongside the urban contexts of production, exhibition, and reception, discussing films including The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Cruising (1980), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), King of New York (1990), Inception (2010), Frances Ha (2012), Fruitvale Station (2013), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and Doctor Strange (2016).
Categories: Performing Arts

Film and the City

Film and the City

This book is an exploration of Canadian identity through the lens of cinema. It
highlights the creation of that cinema in what I generally identify as “the
postmodern period” in order to contrast this cinema with that of an earlier
nationalist-realist ...

Author: George Melnyk

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 9781927356593

Category: Social Science

Page: 319

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Most Canadians are city dwellers, a fact often unacknowledged by twentieth-century Canadian films, with their preference for themes of wilderness survival or rural life. Modernist Canadian films tend to support what film scholar Jim Leach calls “the nationalist-realist project,” a documentary style that emphasizes the exoticism and mythos of the land. Over the past several decades, however, the hegemony of Anglo-centrism has been challenged by francophone and First Nations perspectives and the character of cities altered by a continued influx of immigrants and the development of cities as economic and technological centers. No longer primarily defined through the lens of rural nostalgia, Canadian urban identity is instead polyphonic, diverse, constructed through multiple discourses and mediums, an exchange rather than a strict orientation. Taking on the urban as setting and subject, filmmakers are ideally poised to create and reflect multiple versions of a single city. Examining fourteen Canadian films produced from 1989 to 2007, including Denys Arcand’s Jésus de Montréal (1989), Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Léolo (1992), Mina Shum’s Double Happiness (1994), Clément Virgo’s Rude (1995), and Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg (2007), Film and the City is the first comprehensive study of Canadian film and “urbanity”—the totality of urban culture and life. Drawing on film and urban studies and building upon issues of identity formation in Canadian studies, Melnyk considers how filmmakers, films, and urban audiences experience, represent, and interpret urban spatiality, visuality, and orality. In this way, Film and the City argues that Canadian narrative film of the postmodern period has aided in articulating a new national identity.
Categories: Social Science

The American City in the Cinema

The American City in the Cinema

The City, if it gets any formal credit at all, is often noted blandly in an obligatory
note, such as “the producers wish to thank the people and the city or the film
board of New York, Chicago, L.A., or some other city.” The City is never
nominated for ...

Author: James A. Clapp

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412851480

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 370

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The American city and the American movie industry grew up together in the early decades of the twentieth century, making film an ideal medium through which to better understand urban life. Exploiting the increasing popularity of large metropolitan cities and urban lifestyle, movies chronicled the city and the stories it generated. In this volume, urbanist James A. Clapp explores the reciprocal relationship between the city and the cinema within the dimensions of time and space. A variety of themes and actualizations have been repeated throughout the history of the cinema, including the roles of immigrants, women, small towns, family farms, and suburbia; and urban childhoods, family values, violent crime, politics, and dystopic futures. Clapp examines the different ways in which the city has been characterized as well as how it has been portrayed as a "character" itself. Some of the films discussed include Metropolis, King Kong, West Side Story, It's a Wonderful Life, American Beauty, Rebel without a Cause, American Graffiti, Blade Runner, Gangs of New York, The Untouchables, LA Confidential, Sunrise, Crash, American History X, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Deer Hunter, and many more. This work will be enjoyed by urban specialists, moviegoers, and those interested in American, cultural, and film studies.
Categories: Performing Arts

Screening Vienna The City of Dreams in English Language Cinema and Television

Screening Vienna  The City of Dreams in English Language Cinema and Television

Vienna seems to be a city of imperial power and restraint, as well as the site of
frustrated love. The first Hollywood film on the RudolfMarie romance/tragedy,
Terence Young's 1968 Mayerling, could thus rely on these previous televised
versions ...

Author: Timothy K. Conley

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781621967163

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

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Vienna has been the locale for nearly one hundred and fifty films and television productions in English, from 1920s through the first years of this century, with imaginative representations of Freud, Strauss, Franz Josef, Mozart, Beethoven, and Klimt; mad scientists, assassins, spies, refugees, romantics, and American professors; historical dramas, cartoons, documentaries, and Hitchcock's only musical comedy. The "City of Dreams" has appeared as an imperial court, a center of scientific and medical research, a Jewish and Catholic homeland, a locus of international espionage and domestic crime, the destination for innocents abroad, the birthplace of the waltz, a stage for performances and performers, and the site for romantic rendezvous. For many in English-language audiences, such productions have constituted the most significant representations of Vienna, a city that historically has been the capital of one of Europe's largest empires, one of the most important centers for classical music and opera, both a victim and an accomplice of Nazi Germany, and the home of international diplomacy. Cultural historians and Austrian writers have provided significant commentary on the city, but their influence has seldom reached such an extensive audience as the films and television productions screening Vienna for English-language audiences. Screening Vienna thus analyzes the representation of Vienna and the Viennese in English-language film and television, reviews the critical reception of these productions, and measures the representations against the cultural and historical contexts and the writings of contemporary Austrian writers.The book is unique in its scope (over one hundred and fifty productions from the 1920s to 2013) and in its inclusion of leading reviews of many films, references to cultural and historical studies of Vienna, and references to modern and contemporary Austrian fiction.Thus the analysis is more extensive in its coverage and more intensive in its analysis of each film than any previous study, with a focus on scene, language, plot, characterization, and the reception of these films. Scholars and students in American cultural studies, film studies, Austrian and Viennese history, and popular culture will find the book informative and essential for studies of Vienna in the American and British imagination. Given the extensive coverage and filmography, many libraries should also view the book as a reference work, in addition to its status in cultural and film studies. The book will also be useful for film studies and American popular culture studies courses at advanced or graduate level.
Categories: Performing Arts

American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary

American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary

Ei The City That Déjà Vu Forgot Memory, Mapping, and the Americanization of
New Orleans Briallen Hopper In the first ... Deja Vu can't help but dredge up
memories of Katrina, but from the beginning, the film works hard to displace
Katrina ...

Author: Deborah Barker

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820337104

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 374

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"Placing the New Southern Studies in conversation with film studies, this book is simply the best edited collection available on film and the U.S. South.---Grace Hale. University of Virginia --
Categories: Literary Criticism

City Flicks

City Flicks

The relationship between cinema and modernity in the Indian context is both complex and multifaceted, and in this volume, some of the leading names in film and cultural studies explore its many dimensions.

Author: Preben Kaarsholm

Publisher: Seagull Books London Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015066822795

Category: History

Page: 274

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The growth of Indian film production, the significance of cinema in Indian society within and beyond India, and the rapid expansion of Indian cities and the urban lifestyle are closely linked phenomena. The relationship between cinema and modernity in the Indian context is both complex and multifaceted, and in this volume, some of the leading names in film and cultural studies explore its many dimensions. The introductory essay sets the parameters of the discussions to follow, analysing the interfaces between cinematic representation, globalization and city life. The essays range from discussions of urbanity and film language to realism and the Indian city in Bengali film of the 1940s; from the cultural resonances of popular Hindi film songs and the idea of the 'city' to realism and fantasy in cinematic representations of metropolitan Indian life; from cinematic aspects of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children to genre, narrative form and film style in contemporary Indian urban action films; from the complexities of female spectatorship for the urban vigilantism of Telugu heroine Vijayasanthi, to an analysis of the current primacy of 'Bollywood' in today's media-driven urban environment; and finally, to the cultural impact and influence of Indian films in diaspora communities in Fiji, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa. Dealing as it does with the intersection of vital contemporary cultural phenomena-cinema, the city, and the modern-these thought provoking essays are a valuable addition to current scholarship in the field.
Categories: History

Cinema Beyond the City

Cinema Beyond the City

Table 14.4 Number of screens in three types of localities according to the number
of inhabitants (1960–2013) 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 1960 1965
1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2013 town/city <20,0000 city ...

Author: Judith Thissen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781844578481

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Cinema is often perceived as a metropolitan medium – an entertainment product of the big city and for the big city. Yet film exhibitors have been bringing moving pictures to towns and villages since the early days of itinerant shows. This volume presents for the first time an exploration of the social, cultural and economic dynamics of film culture in the European countryside. Spanning more than a century of film exhibition from the early twentieth-century to the present day, Cinema Beyond the City examines the role that movie-going has played in small-town and rural communities across Europe. It documents an amazing diversity of sites and situations that are relevant for understanding historical and current patterns in film consumption. In chapters written by leading scholars and young academics, interdisciplinary research is used to address key questions about access, economic viability, audience behaviour, film programming and the cultural flows between cities and hinterlands. With its wide range of regional studies and innovative methodological approaches, the collection will be of interest not only to film historians, but also to scholars in the fields of urban history, rural studies and cultural geography.
Categories: Performing Arts

Screening the City

Screening the City

CODA THE CITY REBORN : CINEMA AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY JOHN
ORR The concept of the cinematic city suggests for us an objective material world
, the narrative or documentary framed against the agora of human densities ...

Author: Mark Shiel

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859846904

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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The city has long been an important location for filmmakers. Visually compelling and always modern, it is the perfect metaphor for man's place in the contemporary world. In this provocative collection of essays, films as diverse as The Man with the Movie Camera, Annie Hall, Street of Crocodiles, Boyz N the Hood, Three Colors Red, and Crash are examined in terms of the relationship between cinema and the changing urban experience in Europe and the United States since the early twentieth century. Peter Jelavich, for example, links the suppression of the creative, liberal Weimar Berlin in the 1931 film Berlin Alexanderplatz to the rise of the Nazi regime and the end of one of the great eras of modernist experimentation in German visual culture; Jessie Labov considers Kieslowski's treatment of the Warsaw housing blok in Dekalog in terms of Solidarity's strategy of resisting totalitarianism in 1980s Poland; Allan Siegel examines the motif of the city in a broad range of American and international cinema to demonstrate how film and society since the 1960s have been driven by the fading of mass political radicalism and the triumph of privatization and capital; Paula Massood uses the socially illuminating theories of Mikhail Bakhtin to examine the representation of the ghetto and urban underclass in recent African-American films such as Menace II Society; and Matthew Gandy examines the focus on disease in Todd Haynes's [Safe] as a metaphor for social and spatial breakdown in contemporary Los Angeles.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Blackwell City Reader

The Blackwell City Reader

Miriam Hansen, 'America, Paris, the Alps: Kracauer (and Benjamin) on cinema
and modernity', in Leo Charney and Vanossa ... 16 A point brought out in the
geographer Wolfgang Natter's account of the film, 'The City as Cinematic Space:
 ...

Author: Gary Bridge

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405189835

Category: Architecture

Page: 451

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Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, this new edition of "The Blackwell City Reader" brings together a wide range of essential readings relating to the analysis and experience of cities across the globe. Selections are carefully gathered from a variety of academic disciplines ranging from architecture, sociology, and literature to cultural studies, philosophy, and even psychoanalysis to provide the most diverse perspectives and in-depth coverage of the field. The new edition incorporates major developments in the study of materialities and mobilities, two areas at the heart of many contemporary debates; it also features enhanced coverage on non-Western cities that reflect recent growth trends, especially in Asia, China, and India, making it the most international reader of its kind. "The Blackwell City Reader, Second Edition" combines established and novel readings from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and geographical locales to provide an indispensable source for the most up-to-date thinking on cities of today and tomorrow.
Categories: Architecture

Cinema at the Periphery

Cinema at the Periphery

Patricia Pisters Filming the Times of Tangier Nostalgia , Postcolonial Agency ,
and Preposterous History Tangier , peripheral city par excellence at the border
between Europe and Africa , is nowadays mostly known for its illegal immigrants
who ...

Author: Kay Dickinson

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814333885

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

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Highlights the industries, markets, identities, and histories that distinguish cinema beyond the traditional hubs of mainstream Western cinema.
Categories: Performing Arts

Global Cities

Global Cities

CINEMA , THE CITY , AND THE CINEMATIC ACKBAR ABBAS In this essay I will
discuss some of the responses of cinema to the city , specifically two Hong Kong
films and their relation to contemporary Hong Kong . I will also pose some ...

Author: Linda Krause

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813532760

Category: Architecture

Page: 213

View: 895

In this volume, scholars critique the growing body of literature on the current process broadly known as 'globalization'. The authors explore the complex geographies of modern cities and offer possible strategies for reclaiming a sense of place and community in these globalized urban settings.
Categories: Architecture

Bombay Cinema

Bombay Cinema

Film was for me, like most South Asians, a childhood passion sustained through
regular trips to the movie theater and by ... New questions cropped up, and the
city and popular cinema became sites where I began to come to terms with my
own ...

Author: Ranjani Mazumdar

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452913021

Category: Performing Arts

Page:

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Combining the anecdotal with the theoretical, the philosophical with the political, and the textual with the historical, 'Bombay Cinema' leads to reader into the heart of the urban labyrinth in India, revising and deepening our understanding of both the city and the cinema.
Categories: Performing Arts

Explorations in New Cinema History

Explorations in New Cinema History

A second city-centre area for film exhibition was near the main shopping street,
Veldstraat, where there were five cinemas: the Majestic (920 seats), the Eldorado
(651), the 'liberal' Plaza, and the Catholic Casino and the Savoy (581) (Centre 2)
 ...

Author: Richard Maltby

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444396409

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Explorations in New Cinema History brings together cutting-edge research by the leading scholars in the field to identify new approaches to writing and understanding the social and cultural history of cinema, focusing on cinema’s audiences, the experience of cinema, and the cinema as a site of social and cultural exchange. Includes contributions from Robert Allen, Annette Kuhn, John Sedwick, Mark Jancovich, Peter Sanfield, and Kathryn Fuller-Seeley among others Develops the original argument that the social history of cinema-going and of the experience of cinema should take precedence over production- and text-based analyses Explores the cinema as a site of social and cultural exchange, including patterns of popularity and taste, the role of individual movie theatres in creating and sustaining their audiences, and the commercial, political and legal aspects of film exhibition and distribution Prompts readers to reassess their understanding of key periods of cinema history, opening up cinema studies to long-overdue conversations with other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences Presents rigorous empirical research, drawing on digital technology and geospatial information systems to provide illuminating insights in to the uses of cinema
Categories: Performing Arts

Cities and Cinema

Cities and Cinema

The book suggests that modernity links urbanism and cinema.

Author: Barbara Mennel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134219841

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 410

Films about cities abound. They provide fantasies for those who recognize their city and those for whom the city is a faraway dream or nightmare. How does cinema rework city planners’ hopes and city dwellers’ fears of modern urbanism? Can an analysis of city films answer some of the questions posed in urban studies? What kinds of vision for the future and images of the past do city films offer? What are the changes that city films have undergone? Cities and Cinema puts urban theory and cinema studies in dialogue. The book’s first section analyzes three important genres of city films that follow in historical sequence, each associated with a particular city, moving from the city film of the Weimar Republic to the film noir associated with Los Angeles and the image of Paris in the cinema of the French New Wave. The second section discusses socio-historical themes of urban studies, beginning with the relationship of film industries and individual cities, continuing with the portrayal of war torn and divided cities, and ending with the cinematic expression of utopia and dystopia in urban science fiction. The last section negotiates the question of identity and place in a global world, moving from the portrayal of ghettos and barrios to the city as a setting for gay and lesbian desire, to end with the representation of the global city in transnational cinematic practices. The book suggests that modernity links urbanism and cinema. It accounts for the significant changes that city film has undergone through processes of globalization, during which the city has developed from an icon in national cinema to a privileged site for transnational cinematic practices. It is a key text for students and researchers of film studies, urban studies and cultural studies.
Categories: Science

Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles

Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles

Epilogue In the late 19505 and the '605, a series of significant transformations
took place in Los Angeles, its film industry and its cinematic representation. The
city was spatially and experientially reorganized around its freeway network
while ...

Author: Mark Shiel

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861899408

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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Hollywood cinema and Los Angeles cannot be understood apart. Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles traces the interaction of the real city, its movie business, and filmed image, focusing on the crucial period from the construction of the first studios in the 1910s to the decline of the studio system fifty years later. As Los Angeles gradually became one of the ten largest cities in the world, the film industry made key contributions to its rapid growth and frequent crises in economic, social, political and cultural life. Whether filmmakers engaged with the real city on location or recreated it on a studio set, Los Angeles shaped the films that were made there and circulated influentially worldwide. The book pays particular attention to early cinema, slapstick comedy, movies about the movies and film noir, which are each explored in new ways, with an emphasis on urban and architectural space and its representation, as well as filmmaking style and technique. Including many previously unpublished photographs and new historical evidence, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles gives us a never-before-seen view of the City of Angels.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Cinema of Hong Kong

The Cinema of Hong Kong

10 URBAN CINEMA AND THE CULTURAL IDENTITY OF HONG KONG Leung
Ping - kwan In discussing Hong Kong culture ... In its discussion of the
relationship between the city and cinema in Hong Kong , this chapter is trying to
extend and ...

Author: Poshek Fu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521776023

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 333

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This volume examines Hong Kong cinema in transnational, historical, and artistic contexts.
Categories: Performing Arts

City of Darkness City of Light

City of Darkness  City of Light

tory of these cinemas should necessarily be “characterized by two simultaneous
yet diverging processes, namely the film ... the culture of urban space has argued
that the general relationship between the cinema and the city is a complex one.

Author: Alastair Phillips

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9053566341

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 253

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The volume is the first-ever book-length study of the cinematic representation of Paris in the films of German èmigrè filmmakers, many of whom fled there as a refuge from Hitler. In coming to Paris--a privileged site in terms of production, exhibition, and film culture--these experienced professionals also encountered resistance: hostility toward Germans, anti-Semitism, and boycotts from a French industry afraid of losing jobs to foreigners. Phillips juxtaposes the cinematic portrayal of Paris in the films of Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Max Ophüls, Anatol Litvak, and others with the wider social and cultural debates about the city in cinema.
Categories: Performing Arts

Painting the City Red

Painting the City Red

Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract Yomi Braester. FILMOGRAPHY (
INCLUDING TV PRODUCTIONS AND VIDEO ART) 24 City [Ershisi chengshi]. Dir
. Jia Zhangke, 2008. Shanghai Film Group; Shanghai Film Studio. After
Separation ...

Author: Yomi Braester

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822392750

Category: History

Page: 420

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Painting the City Red illuminates the dynamic relationship between the visual media, particularly film and theater, and the planning and development of cities in China and Taiwan, from the emergence of the People’s Republic in 1949 to the staging of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Yomi Braester argues that the transformation of Chinese cities in recent decades is a result not only of China’s abandonment of Maoist economic planning in favor of capitalist globalization but also of a shift in visual practices. Rather than simply reflect urban culture, movies and stage dramas have facilitated the development of new perceptions of space and time, representing the future city variously as an ideal socialist city, a metropolis integrated into the global economy, and a site for preserving cultural heritage. Drawing on extensive archival research, interviews with leading filmmakers and urban planners, and close readings of scripts and images, Braester describes how films and stage plays have promoted and opposed official urban plans and policies as they have addressed issues such as demolition-and-relocation plans, the preservation of vernacular architecture, and the global real estate market. He shows how the cinematic rewriting of historical narratives has accompanied the spatial reorganization of specific urban sites, including Nanjing Road in Shanghai; veterans’ villages in Taipei; and Tiananmen Square, centuries-old courtyards, and postmodern architectural landmarks in Beijing. In Painting the City Red, Braester reveals the role that film and theater have played in mediating state power, cultural norms, and the struggle for civil society in Chinese cities.
Categories: History