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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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Gorgeous Three Gorges at Last Sight: Cinematic Remembrance and the Dialectic of Modernization

Gorgeous Three Gorges at Last Sight: Cinematic Remembrance and the Dialectic of Modernization

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Chinese Ecocinema
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Sheldon H. Lu

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0003

This chapter analyses a group of films that are set against the background of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam Project and the impending flooding of the area: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002), In Expectation (1996), and Still Life (2006). These films bear testimony to the ruthless physical eradication of cities, towns, villages, and communities. This is the result of reckless modernization under the reign of instrumental rationality that treats nature as a “standing reserve” awaiting human appropriation.

Keywords:   Three Gorges Dam Project, nature, In Expectation, Still Life, modernization

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