Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.89.2: CINEMA CHINA, Part 5

William Holden and Jennifer Jones on a “high and windy hill” in Hong Kong © 1955, 20th Century Fox

William Holden and Jennifer Jones on a “high and windy hill” in Hong Kong © 1955, 20th Century Fox

Counter-Revolutionary Cinema

China seems to live up to the axiom that the only constant is change. 1949 brought a big change indeed; but a political

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Vol.89.1: Creation Re-Boot (Re-Boat?)

© 2014, UrbisMedia

© 2014, UrbisMedia

Lost passage from Genesis: Gen 2.0: And God felt that his computer had crashed when the humans he had created from his animation program had gone all crazy killing

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Vol.88.8: The Passion of the Mel [A Good Friday Reprise from, 15.4]

© 2004, UrbisMedia

© 2004, UrbisMedia

2014: I used to ask my grad students in my seminars that, if they could time travel, would they prefer going into the future, or the past.  Then I would ask them

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Vol.88.7: CINEMA CHINA, Part 4

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[continued from 88.3]

The rather odd story of Western heroism in the face if the Japanese conquest of Nanking is recounted in John

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Vol.88.4: CINEMA CHINA, Part 3

Anna May Wong and Marlene Dietrich ride in separate compartments on the Shanghai Express. ©1932 Paramount Pictures

Anna May Wong and Marlene Dietrich ride in separate compartments on the Shanghai Express. ©1932 Paramount Pictures

The Enduring Revolution

The essence of drama is conflict, and China’s conflicted 20th C plays out like a dysfunctional family saga compounded by uninvited foreign guests

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Vol.88.2: CINEMA CHINA, Part 2

© 1937, MGM

© 1937, MGM

The good earth of MGM’s expensive ($2.8 million) 1937 film of Pearl S. Buck’s award winning book was not of Chinese soil. Filmed entirely on a five-hundred-acre farm

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Vol.88.1: CINEMA CHINA, Part 1

© 1935, Fox Film Corp

© 1935, Fox Film Corp

Like most Westerners of my generation the author came to know China and especially the Chinese from Western actors playing Asians in “yellowface” in The

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Vol.85.5: PHOOEY ON FANTASY

Image manipulated by UrbisMedia, 2013

Image manipulated by UrbisMedia, 2013

I am a realist. I don’t mean that in a personal sense, because I realize that I am also in many respects also a “romantic.” But, since I define being a “romantic”

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Vol.85.4: MY FIRST MOVIE

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“My parents had a good reason for taking me to the movies all the time, because I had been sick with asthma since I was three years old and I apparently couldn’t

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Vol.85.2: THE CITY AS CINEMA

The Cinema: a little script

INT: SUBWAY STATION, IRT, NEW YORK, MARCH 23, 2014

MEDIUM SHOT: Subway platform and train and modest crowd

ACTION. Mark enters the door of

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