A City of Sadness (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)
This text introduces the Western audience to the richness of New Taiwanese Cinema. It revisits a painful episode in Taiwanese history, creating an elliptical and impressionistic picture of Chiang Kai-shek's takeover of the island after the defeat of his Kuomintang army by Mao Zedong.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 27th 2002 by British Film Institute
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A City Of Sadness (2002) by Berenice Reynaud is another fascinating book from BFI focusing on a single film. This time the 1989 Golden Lion winner at Venice in 1989 and Taiwanese historical epic from director Hou Hsiao-hsien is the subject. Reynaud organizes the book into five chapter: 1) Chinese History Is Made At Night, 2) A Family in the Wind of History, 3) A Polyphony of Voices, 4) Lost Spaces, and 5) An Aesthetic of the Fleeting Moment. Reynaud looks at the historical source material of the...more