21. Cinema and the Visual Arts of China

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Jerome Silbergeld

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch21

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Silbergeld, J. (2012) Cinema and the Visual Arts of China, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Princeton University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • cinema and the visual arts of China;
  • Silbergeld, exploring the “Chinese way” of seeing, or visual narration;
  • Chinese film, and the extent of its lending itself to Western forms;
  • extant Chinese scrolls, of narration, with figure painting on the decline;
  • paintings, aesthetic origins of Chinese cinema, of a distinct Chinese manner;
  • traditional Chinese aesthetics, a painting's value in its idea, preceding brush;
  • Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, historical architecture role in traditionalism;
  • Chinese films, sharing a cultural reference, explaining filmmakers’ choices;
  • Chinese-language film, visual language considered in its own right


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