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.
P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History
Director, Tang Center of East Asian Art
Lecture: From Mountain Songs to Silvery Moonlight: Some Notes on Music in Chinese Cinema
China Through the Lens Film Series
Few filmgoers fail to recognize the tug that movie music has on them, setting the mood, warning or surprising them, cueing them as to how they might interpret a scene or a character. Much has been written about Western film music, almost nothing about Chinese. This lecture, avoiding theory and broad generalization, looked at specific examples of how melody and lyrics have been used to inform and enhance film presentation over the past eight decades of Chinese film history.