The Separation of Production



This chapter presents how a group of films were separated from the mainstream in the 1990s from the production end. The appearance of independent production, enabled by the film industry reforms as well as the courage of individuals, was the driving force behind the rise of the second art wave. The new mode of independent filmmaking preferred certain subject matters and stylistic choices, which inspired other in-system film productions to follow. Unlike the first art wave of the Fifth Generation cinema, the second art wave was denied legitimacy domestically and had to rely on international film festival circuits for survival. Consciously aligned with other youth subcultures and forms of modern art, the second art wave gained its alternative positioning, which helped to consolidate the art cinema as a whole.


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

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