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Gorgeous Three Gorges at Last Sight: Cinematic Remembrance and the Dialectic of Modernization

Sheldon H. Lu

in Chinese Ecocinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090866
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0003
Gorgeous Three Gorges at Last Sight: Cinematic Remembrance and the Dialectic of Modernization

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This chapter analyses a group of films that are set against the background of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam Project and the impending flooding of the area: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002), In Expectation (1996), and Still Life (2006). These films bear testimony to the ruthless physical eradication of cities, towns, villages, and communities. This is the result of reckless modernization under the reign of instrumental rationality that treats nature as a “standing reserve” awaiting human appropriation.

Keywords: Three Gorges Dam Project; nature; In Expectation; Still Life; modernization

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Subjects: Film

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