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Directory of World Cinema ed. by Gary Bettinson (review)

Directory of World Cinema ed. by Gary Bettinson (review) 572 China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 4, 2012 Gary Bettinson, editor. Directory of World Cinema. Vol. 12, China. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2012. 232 pp. Paperback $25.00, isbn 978-1-84150-558-9. As an “overview” of Chinese cinema aiming to “play a part in moving intelligent, scholarly criticism beyond the academy,” the Directory of World Cinema: China has done justice to the subject in question. Although it relies for its analytical rigor on “a disciplined theoretical base” (back cover), it is, nonetheless, conducted in a highly accessible manner. It is a compilation of short introductory essays, which are grounded in scholarly research and written by experts specializing in film studies in the English-speaking world. Benefiting from the expertise of those contributors, this book is marked by its comprehensive scope, disparate perspec- tives, comparative approach, and, not least, by the lucidity of the writing, a virtue by no mean to be taken for granted these days. In the introduction, the editor, Gary Bettinson, aptly discusses the tripartite (that is, the distinctive cinemas of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) yet increasingly transborder features of Chinese “national” cinema. This tripartite feature, which gives the volume its basic structure, is determined by historical, social, political, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Directory of World Cinema ed. by Gary Bettinson (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (4) – May 29, 2015

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572 China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 4, 2012 Gary Bettinson, editor. Directory of World Cinema. Vol. 12, China. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2012. 232 pp. Paperback $25.00, isbn 978-1-84150-558-9. As an “overview” of Chinese cinema aiming to “play a part in moving intelligent, scholarly criticism beyond the academy,” the Directory of World Cinema: China has done justice to the subject in question. Although it relies for its analytical rigor on “a disciplined theoretical base” (back cover), it is, nonetheless, conducted in a highly accessible manner. It is a compilation of short introductory essays, which are grounded in scholarly research and written by experts specializing in film studies in the English-speaking world. Benefiting from the expertise of those contributors, this book is marked by its comprehensive scope, disparate perspec- tives, comparative approach, and, not least, by the lucidity of the writing, a virtue by no mean to be taken for granted these days. In the introduction, the editor, Gary Bettinson, aptly discusses the tripartite (that is, the distinctive cinemas of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) yet increasingly transborder features of Chinese “national” cinema. This tripartite feature, which gives the volume its basic structure, is determined by historical, social, political,

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Published: May 29, 2015

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