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positions (2018) 26 (3): 483-515.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Philip Kaffen In 1950 Nakai Masakazu, the vice librarian of Japan’s new National Diet Library, and philosopher trained in aesthetics at Kyoto Imperial University, published an essay on cinema and contemporary aesthetics. He saw the developments of the past half century as a massive uprooting of the...
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positions (2003) 11 (3): 647-674.
Published: 01 August 2003
...Xiaobing Tang 2003 by Duke University Press 2003 Rural Women and Social Change in New China Cinema: From Li Shuangshuang to Ermo Xiaobing Tang The title of this essay may sound slightly clichéd, since it would be extremely hard to find a film in New...
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positions (2004) 12 (1): 195-201.
Published: 01 February 2004
...Chris Berry 2004 by Duke University Press 2004 The Sacred, the Profane, and the Domestic in Cui Zi’en’s Cinema Chris Berry Cui Zi’en is a unique force. But I confess I almost passed him by. The first Cui Zi’en film I saw was Men and Women (Nannan Nün...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 101-124.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Manishita Dass The city of Bombay emerged as an emblematic space of India's postcolonial modernity in Hindi cinema during the 1950s, India's first decade of independence. This article focuses on the mise-en-scène of musical sequences—from popular Hindi films such as C.I.D. (dir. Raj Khosla, 1956...
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positions (1995) 3 (1): 255-280.
Published: 01 February 1995
...Dai Jinhua Copyright © 1995 by Duke University Press 1995 Invisible Women: Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Women‘s Film Dai Jinhua Dai Jinhua is one of the outstanding younger scholars of the new generation of Chinese...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 435-454.
Published: 01 May 2009
... realist styles into an aesthetics of “disillusioned cinema”: a postmodern urban genre that simultaneously derides personal fantasies of sexual love and political fantasies of nation building. Both films use the formulas of romance to highlight the illusions and alienations of contemporary love, of...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 373-383.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Norman A. Spencer “Ten Years of Queer Cinema in China” is a photo memoir with twenty photographs and commentary that documents two important cultural events rarely mentioned in US discussions of Chinese underground cinema. They are the First Chinese Gay and Lesbian Film Festival held at Beijing...
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positions (2001) 9 (2): 331-367.
Published: 01 May 2001
...Jonathan L. Beller 2001 by Duke University Press 2001 Third Cinema in a Global Frame: Curacha, Yahoo!, and Manila by Night Jonathan L. Beller “Could be the Fila-peeensThat’s definitely the Fila-peeensMax California offering expert commentary on a...
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positions (2001) 9 (2): 369-399.
Published: 01 May 2001
...Kyung Hyun Kim 2001 by Duke University Press 2001 Male Crisis in New Korean Cinema: Reading the Early Films of Park Kwang-su Kyung Hyun Kim Park Kwang-su’s film Chilsu and Mansu [Ch’il-su wa Man-su] (1988) depicts the lives oftwo working-class...
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positions (2001) 9 (2): 401-422.
Published: 01 May 2001
...Gina Marchetti 2001 by Duke University Press 2001 Cinema Frames, Videoscapes, and Cyberspace: Exploring Shu Lea Cheang’s Fresh Kill Gina Marchetti In his essay “The Ecstasy of Communication,” Jean Baudrillard states that we are in an era of...
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positions (2001) 9 (2): 423-447.
Published: 01 May 2001
...Helen Hok-sze Leung 2001 by Duke University Press 2001 Queerscapes in Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema Helen Hok-sze Leung A Queer Undercurrent What use is there for me to go on treasuring you? Even if I hold you tight this time...
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positions (2001) 9 (2): 467-493.
Published: 01 May 2001
...Susan J. Napier 2001 by Duke University Press 2001 Confronting Master Narratives: History As Vision in Miyazaki Hayao’s Cinema of De-assurance Susan J. Napier There is somethingtimeless about the concept of global culture. Widely diffused in...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 281-305.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Chinese, Hong Kong, and Philippine cinema are explored here, each demonstrating differing inflections in relation to digitization, finance capital, gender performativity, and generic style. Haptic mapping, the rapidly oscillating gender of the “female” martial artist, the transcendent “male” virtuosic...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 365-391.
Published: 01 May 2011
...: Negotiating Chineseness in Philippine Cinema at a Time of Transnationalism Richard T. Chu Introduction “Sa angkan namin, ang mga babae ang matatapang.” (In our clan, the women are the strong ones.) So goes the opening line narrated by...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 333-360.
Published: 01 May 2019
... socialist to globally commodified femininity, this essay unravels it as a complex cultural field of gender recoding, negotiation, and experimentation. Critiquing the “city” as an expanding network of consumer desires, Li’s urban cinema illustrates the dystopic imaginary of post-socialist home spaces that...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 361-396.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Takushi Odagiri This article examines Kawase’s films, with a focus on her early documentaries in autobiographical forms (in the 1990s and early 2000s). Far from being a simple mimesis of her everyday reality, Kawase’s cinema-verité–like autobiographies have distinct features. In particular, they...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 145-172.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Nitya Vasudevan This article focuses on films that star the young Tamil cinema actor Dhanush and that are set in Madurai and surrounding nonmetropolitan locations in the state of Tamil Nadu. Through these films, the article examines the construct of the area or the pettai as a production of the...
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positions (2007) 15 (1): 65-90.
Published: 01 February 2007
...Steve Choe Duke University Press 2007 Kim Ki-duk’s Cinema of Cruelty: Ethics and Spectatorship in the Global Economy Steve Choe The Ethical Question I first saw Kim Ki-duk’s sixth feature film, Address Unknown (Suchwiin bulmyeong; 2001...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 597-621.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Rea Amit Imamura Taihei (1911–86) is considered by many to be the first film theorist in Japan, and he is known chiefly for his two grand theories on documentary film and animation. Yet, at the same time, Imamura also developed a third, no less ambitious theory, that of “Cinema and Japanese Art...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 257-280.
Published: 01 May 2011
... University Press 2011 Transnational Questing Desire in Star Cinema’s Kailangan kita and Milan Francisco Benitez With some estimated 10 percent of the Philippine population abroad, Philip- pine film can hardly ignore the conditions of transnational labor. The...