The Third Nanjing Forum on Film Art

The Third Nanjing Forum on Film Art, held at the Nanjing University of the Arts between June 6 and 8, 2016.

The Third Nanjing Forum on Film Art, held at the Nanjing University of the Arts between June 6 and 8, 2016.

During the Third Nanjing Forum on Film Art, held at the Nanjing University of the Arts between June 6 and 8, 2016, I delivered a keynote speech on the subject of “re-writing Chinese film history”. Titled “Cinema 1927: An Experimental Narration on History,” I called on film historians to draw inspirations from literature and history, and to approach film history not as a linear account of what happened cinematically in a nation-state, but as a globally interconnected phenomenon, in which horizontal interconnection is more important than vertical development. One way to highlight this is to focus on the year 1927, a time when cinema was under tremendous transformation and every major film country, including China, produced landmark films, which made this kind of history writing possible and legitimate.

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