Film Professor Jennifer Ruth Lecture: "Generational Conflict in China's 'Art' Film"
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
Film Professor Jennifer Ruth Lecture: "Generational Conflict in China's 'Art' Film"

Generational Conflict in China's 'Art' Film
Jennifer Ruth
Professor, Film Studies


Institute for Asian Studies
Date - Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time - 6:00 PM
Location - PSU Academic Student Recreation
ASRC Room 001
1800 SW 6th, Portland, OR 97201

About the Lecture:
This talk explores the difficulties faced by art film in mainland China. What is
the history of "art" films (those that do better in film festivals than in domestic
exhibition) from the 5th generation of filmmakers (Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou)
through the 6th generation (Jia Zhangke, Wang Xiaoshuai) and beyond? How
has state censorship affected this genre? How about market and commercial
variables? What are the narratives that have developed around -- and within -
- these films from generation to generation? I will give special attention to the
works of 6th generation filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai -- both his films' depictions
of generational conflict and his own understanding of generational tensions
among filmmakers themselves as they struggle to make meaningful films that
succumb neither to state ideology nor to a blockbuster-obsessed market.

About the Speaker:
Jennifer Ruth is Professor of Film Studies in the School of
Film at PSU. She teaches film theory and history with a special interest in
Sinophone films. Her most recent article on film is "What Would Siegfried
Kracauer Say About Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals?" in Issue 86 of senses of

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