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Chinese EcocinemaIn the Age of Environmental Challenge$
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Sheldon H. Lu and Jiayan Mi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090866

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.001.0001

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

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

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(p.194) (p.195) 10 A City of Disappearance: Trauma, Displacement, and Spectral Cityscape in Contemporary Chinese Cinema
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Chinese Ecocinema
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Jing Nie

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0011

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

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