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Floating Consciousness: The Cinematic Confluence of Ecological Aesthetics in <i>Suzhou River</i>

Andrew Hageman

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/9789622090866.003.0005
Floating Consciousness: The Cinematic Confluence of Ecological Aesthetics in Suzhou River

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This chapter focuses on Lou Ye's Suzhou River (2000). This film adds urban environmental content to the scope of ecocinema studies and offers a highly productive opportunity for theorizing the ecocritical import of cinema form. This is especially true because Suzhou River diverges formally in a number of ways from other films directed by Lou Ye's Sixth Generation contemporaries. Unlike the appeal to stark realism, Lou Ye exploits the cinema aesthetic in Suzhou River to explore the ways people formally synthesize the fragmented experience of life in contemporary Shanghai into a coherent narrative in order to survive in this dynamic and often volatile urban environment.

Keywords: Lou Ye; Suzhou River; ecocinema; Shanghai; urban environment

Chapter.  7990 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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