The Socialist Film System



This chapter describes the history and reforms of the Chinese Socialist film system, which conditioned the development of Chinese art cinema in the Reform Era. Based on central-planning and largely dispensed with a free film market, the Socialist film system was a stalwart component of Socialist mass culture. Due to the double cultural and economic roles played by cinema, the reform of the Chinese film industry took a more tortuous course than many other industrial sectors. The reform started tentatively in the 1980s, broke through in the 1990s, and finally went full blown in the new millennium. The transitional period of the 1990s effectively facilitated the rise of the second art wave and helped to cultivate its alternative character.


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  • Li Yang
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  1. 1.Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Lafayette CollegeEastonUSA

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