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A City of Disappearance: Trauma, Displacement, and Spectral Cityscape in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Jing Nie

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/9789622090866.003.0011
A City of Disappearance: Trauma, Displacement, and Spectral Cityscape in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

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This chapter relates Henri Lefebvre's space theory to contemporary Chinese economy and urban landscape, and then examines the manifestations of space as represented in four Chinese films: Shower (1999), Beijing Bicycle (2001), The World (2004), and Cell Phone (2004). These films represent the cityscape as fraught with trauma and displacement, and haunted by ghosts of both the past and the future.

Keywords: Henri Lefebvre; space theory; Chinese economy; urban landscape; Shower; Beijing Bicycle; The World; Cell Phone

Chapter.  8696 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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