Meet Me in Shanghai: Romancing the New Global City on the Eve of the World Expo

The China Through the Lens Film Series explored the history and art of Chinese cinema in different periods and geopolitical locations. All film screenings were complimented by lectures featuring prominent film scholars who will offer criticism and analysis. This series featured early Chinese cinema, Chinese film music across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and contemporary Chinese independent cinema.  This series was part of EAST 1270: China Through the Lens.

Meet Me in Shanghai: Romancing the New Global City on the Eve of the World Expo

Film Screening
"I Wish I Knew"
November 21
6:00-8:00 PM
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center

Zhen Zhang
Associate Professor, Cinema Studies
New York University

Lecture
China Through the Lens Film Series
Meet Me in Shanghai: Romancing the New Global City on the Eve of the World Expo
November 28
5:30-7:00 PM
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center

The Year of 2009 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which spurred a deluge of related cultural productions including film, television and literature with different political and aesthetic orientations.  This epoch-marking event was immediately followed by the Shanghai World Expo 2010, which put an official stamp on the metropolis as a new global city and the dressing window of China's spectacular economic growth in the new century. This talk discussed Jia Zhangke’s "I Wish I Knew," a documentary commissioned by the Expo and Apart Together, Wang Quan’an’s award-winning melodrama within the context of the Expo, with a particular attention to their disparate uses of the historical legacy of the cosmopolitan city for reimagining the split between China and Taiwan after 1949 and a tension-ridden prospective “reunion.”

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