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Metacinema in Contemporary Chinese Film$
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G. Andrew Stuckey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390816

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390816.001.0001

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Documentarization and Amplified Realism in Jia Zhangke’s Films

Documentarization and Amplified Realism in Jia Zhangke’s Films

(p.78) 5 Documentarization and Amplified Realism in Jia Zhangke’s Films
Metacinema in Contemporary Chinese Film

G. Andrew Stuckey

Hong Kong University Press

Documentary film in the PRC has become an important mode in the palate of Sixth Generation (or urban or independent) filmmaking. The recent prominence of documentary turns on the notion of indexicality and the capacity for film to present reality. Jia Zhangke, probably the most critically acclaimed of Sixth Generation filmmakers, in his film practice, though largely conforming to this long-take, observational documentary style, also brazenly deploys technologies such as nondiegetic music and CGI effects. On the face of it, these tactics may seem to undermine the indexical reality portrayed in Jia’s films, but on further consideration actually augment his historical project of capturing China’s contemporary moment.

Keywords:   Jia Zhangke, The World, Still Life, 24 City, Indexicality, Realism, Documentary, Animation, Digital Effects, DVR

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