An interdisciplinary approach to the study of Chinese cinema, broadly defined to include films from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other Chinese-language cinemas. Films are structured around different themes such as national and transnational, Chinese auteur directors, Hong Kong and the commercial cinema, and challenges of the sixth generation. Students will examine the specific political, social, economic, technological and aesthetic factors in the films that reflect changes in the cultural and political landscape of Chinese society over the last century, and enrich their understanding of Chinese history, culture, and popular media. No knowledge of Chinese language is required; all films screened for the course will have English subtitles. See program director.