CHIN 40 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Zhang Shichuan, Peking Opera, Shadow Play
Course CodeCHIN 40
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Week 1, Thursday !
Origin of Chinese Cinema
Origin of General Cinema - by Lumiere brothers in 1895 - Paris Coﬀee Shop!
#- one year after 1896 Cine arrived to China!
August 1896 cinema arrived to China to entertainment center Xu Center!
•cinema allow cultural exchange!
•initially describe as “Xiyang Yingxi” Western shadow play 洋影戲 (derived from
Shadow Play “Pi Yingxi”)!
•then to 電光，then 電影!
•First Chinese Movie 1905 - Taking Army Mountain by Ten Qingtai 任慶泰 !
•What is the content? Tan Xinpei performing a Peking Opera !
•the diﬃcult couple (all male actors)!
•Zhuangzi Test his wife (HK) 1913!
•1921 ﬁrst three feature length Chinese Films!
•At this time, in mid 20s, there are 176 studios in China !
•although most failed to survive a single year ad many never produced a
•1928 formation of big six Cinema Studio!
•1922 10 ﬁlms produced!
•1926 120 ﬁlms produced !
•1927 Jazz Singer — sound ﬁll ﬁrst invention !
IN CLASS FILM: LABOR’S LOVE 勞之愛情
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