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The first screenings of Lumière films in China: Conjectures and new findings

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This article questions the usual claim that the first screening of Lumière films in China was at Xu Garden, Shanghai, in August 1896. It discovers two events that have eluded Chinese and global film history. Maurice Charvet screened Lumière films in the French Consulate in Hankou on the French National Day in 1897. Lumière projectionist Gabriel Veyre showed Lumière films in the French Concession in Shanghai in April 1999.
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Keywords: 1896; 1897; 1899; Gabriel Veyre; Hankou; Lumière; Maurice Charvet; Shanghai

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of California at Davis

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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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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