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Children of Marx and Coca-ColaChinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema$
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Xiaoping Lin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833367

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833367.001.0001

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The Video Works of Yang Fudong

The Video Works of Yang Fudong

An Ultimate Escape from a Global Nightmare

(p.165) Chapter 8 The Video Works of Yang Fudong
Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

Xiaoping Lin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter centers on Yang Fudong, an avant-garde video artist based in Shanghai, whose unique black-and-white filmic style not only harks back to Chinese silent cinema of the 1920s and 1930s but also serves as an aesthetic escape from today’s frightening global realities. It particularly discusses Yang Fudong’s two video works, Liu Lan (2003) and Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest Part I (2003). Liu Lan tells the tale of a young girl named Liu Lan, who comes from a fishing village and is in love with a young man of a different social class. Meanwhile, Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest Part I is about seven individuals who attempt to escape the pressures of the world and retreat to the bamboo forest together.

Keywords:   Yang Fudong, Chinese silent cinema, global realities, Liu Lan, Seven Intellectuals

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