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The Dream Palaces of Shanghai: American Films in China's Largest Metropolis Prior to 1949

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Hollywood films had become an established part of China's urban culture by the 1920's, most notably in Shanghai, and this is where I have focused my research. My emphasis was on analyzing the role American films have played in the cultural context of Shanghai, for it is obvious they had a major cultural impact in a variety of ways.

Hollywood films were a pervasive part of both consumer and film culture in Shanghai. A member of the audience might bring along his or her tailor to copy the latest fashion off the screen and filmmakers themselves could spend hours in the movie theatre to learn their craft from the newest American import.

Keywords: China; Chinese films; Hollywood films; Shanghai; culture; politics

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2012

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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