Special Topics in Film: America Dreams Chinese Movies

ENGLISH 390-6

How have American movies represent-ed China in the past? Which movies made in Chinese have become important in the United States, and why? The course will explore the interactions and differences between Chinese and American film traditions. During the first half of the semester, we will view and discuss American films from silent movies through the 21st century that have helped form the China of our imaginations. Then, in the second half, we will view modern films in Chinese by Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wei, Jia Zhangke, and others that have influenced cinema on both sides of the Pacific. The format of the class will be lecture-discussion, with student reports. As in our sister course America Dreams American Movies, assignments will include short papers and a collaborative student film.

A lecture version of 390S-6. Satisfies the Area III requirement for English majors. One course.

Crosslisting Numbers: 

AMI211