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The New Chinese Documentary Film MovementFor the Public Record$
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Chris Berry, Xinyu Lu, and Lisa Rofel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028528

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.001.0001

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Translating the Unspeakable: On-Screen and Off-Screen Voices in Wu Wenguang’s Documentary Work

Translating the Unspeakable: On-Screen and Off-Screen Voices in Wu Wenguang’s Documentary Work

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The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement
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Bérénice Reynaud

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.003.0009

The chapters collected in the final part of the book, “Between Filmmaker and Subject: Re-creating Realism,” return to investigate in more detail some of the formal features of documentary film. While many have noted the distinctive visual quality of the new documentary films, their aural qualities have been less frequently examined. This chapter rectifies this gap with detailed analysis of the voice and its complex deployments in Bumming in Beijing and Fuck Cinema. It examines Wu Wenguang's explorations of the aural and his use of it in ways that challenge ontologically and ethically not only the seemingly self-evident veracity of “seeing is believing” which is the foundation of documentary cinema but also the distinctions between self and other, and filmmaker and the filmed that are equally crucial to it.

Keywords:   Chinese documentaries, Bumming in Beijing, documentary film, aural, Fuck Cinema

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