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A Typography of Chinese Film Historiography

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Chinese film historiography has long been a marginal or marginalized intellectual endeavor both in China and in the West, and one can hardly speak of it as a discipline even now. What is worse, an overemphasis on contemporary Chinese cinema over the past decade has resulted in a sheer neglect of film history and historiography in this new field. In order to assess the current state of Chinese film studies and to get a more comprehensive view of the history of Chinese cinema, it is necessary for us to shift attention away from an exclusive focus on the 1980s and 1990s and to examine, by way of archival research, historical investigation, and critical analysis, what has been accomplished in Chinese film historiography over the century.
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Keywords: Chinese cinema; arts; audience; censorship; cultural history; society

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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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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