Dr Xuelei Huang, Chancellor’s Fellow in Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, has published a new book on filmmaking in Shanghai from the 1920s to the late 1930s.
In Shanghai Filmmaking, Huang Xuelei invites readers to go on an intimate, detailed, behind-the-scenes tour of the world of early Chinese cinema. She paints a nuanced picture of the Mingxing Motion Picture Company, the leading Chinese film studio in the 1920s and 1930s, and argues that Shanghai filmmaking involved a series of border-crossing practices.
Shanghai filmmaking developed in a matrix of global cultural production and distribution, and interacted closely with print culture and theatre. People from allegedly antagonistic political groupings worked closely with each other to bring a new form of visual culture and a new body of knowledge to an audience in and outside China. By exploring various border crossings, this book sheds new light on the power of popular cultural production during China’s modern transformation.
Huang, Xuelei. Shanghai Filmmaking: Crossing Borders, Connecting to the Globe, 1922-1938. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014.
China Studies Series, Vol. 29
Pages, Illustr.: xvi, 381 pp.