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World Film Locations: Beijing
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ISBN 9781841506425
Paperback 128 pages
230 x 155
Published September 2012
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by John Berra
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Edited by John Berra

The title of Li Yu's film Lost in Beijing evokes the experience of many first time visitors to China's bustling capital. The city's sprawling structure and rapid redevelopment - embodied by the high-rise apartments taking over historic districts - render Beijng's streets hard to navigate and its culture just as difficult to penetrate. World Film Locations: Beijing is a revealing  and engrossing introduction to both. In a series of spotlight essays and illustrated scene reviews, a cast of seasoned scholars and fresh new voices explore the vast range of films - encompassing drama, madcap comedy, martial arts escapism, and magical realiism - that have been set in Beijing. Unveiling a city of hidden courtyards, loomying skyscrapers, and traditional Hutong neighbourhoods, these contributors depict a distinctive urban culture that reflects the conflict and tumult of a nation in transition. With considerations of everything from the back streets of Beijing Bicycle to the forbidden palace of The Last Emporor to the tourist park of The World, this volume is a definitive cinematic guide to an ever changing and endlessly fascinating capital city.

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