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Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China$
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Yingjin Zhang

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833374

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833374.001.0001

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Space of Polylocality

Space of Polylocality

Remapping the City

(p.73) Chapter 4 Space of Polylocality
Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China

Yingjin Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the cinematic representations of Beijing and a persistent engagement with polylocality in hinterland China. More specifically, it considers “cinematic remapping” as a particular mode of urban imaginary that combines motion, emotion, and commotion in an intensified, often visceral representation of temporality, spatiality, locality, inequality, identity, and subjectivity. Focusing on moving images, the chapter explores instances of cinematic remapping that favor street-level views over cartographic surveys, contingent experience over systematic knowledge, and bittersweet local histoires over a grand-scale global history. The chapter first surveys the imaginaries of Beijing in Hollywood history before discussing four Chinese films set in Beijing and released in the new millennium. It also analyzes Jia Zhangke's most recent works as place-based projects grounded in polylocality and critical of the trappings of modernity and globalization.

Keywords:   polylocality, cinematic remapping, temporality, spatiality, locality, subjectivity, Beijing, Chinese films, Jia Zhangke, globalization

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