Cinema Journal, 43, 4, Summer, 2004

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The Global Return of the Wu Xia Pian (Chinese Sword-Fighting Movie): Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", 3-17
Kenneth Chan
Abstract: In examining the way Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" grapples with cultural identity and Chineseness, this essay considers Lee's construction of an image of "China" in the film, as well as its feminist possibilities. These readings reveal Lee's conflicted critique of traditional Chinese cultural centrism and patriarchal hegemony.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon": A Diasporic Reading, 18-42
Christina Klein
Abstract: This article proposes that Ang Lee's Chinese-language martial arts film, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", be seen as a work of diasporic cinema. The essay explores how the film's material production and its aesthetic form have been shaped by Lee's ties to his Chinese homeland, to other members of the Chinese diaspora, and to the Hollywood films of his American hostland.
Aesthetic Identities: A Response to Kenneth Chan and Christina Klein, 43-52
James Schamus
Indeterminate and Inhuman: Georgette Leblanc in "L'Inhumaine" (1924), 53-75
Maureen G. Shanahan
Abstract: "L'Inhumaine" (Marcel L'Herbier, 1924) permits multiple subversive readings and queer spectatorial positions as a result of "Georgette Leblanc's" interventions in the narrative, the film's misquoting of post-World War I heterosexual paradigms, and citations to gay, lesbian, and queer figures.
Projections of Rural Life: The Agricultural Film Initiative in France, 1919-39, 76-95
Alison Murray Levine
Abstract: In the 1920s, the French government funded a rural cinema campaign designed to educate farmers about progressive farming techniques and to combat the "rural exodus" to the cities. This program, which brought film to the French countryside, is an early example of the state use of film for social change.
In Focus: The Media and the New Cold War
Complicity, 131-136
Archival News, 137-149
Scott Higgins, Sara Ross
Professional Notes, 150-161
Kirsten Moana Thompson, Rebecca M. Gordon
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