The long take and the time image in recent `Chinese' cinemas: Realism reconsidered

This article addresses criticism about the ostensibly mannerist and inauthentic adoption of a long-take, long-shot style by directors within recent `Chinese' cinema, particularly Jia Zhangke, and defends the legitimacy of the dialectical employment of stylistic techniques in the service of film realism - not, however, a simplistic re-presentationally conceived realism, but realism as a particular aesthetic production. In doing so it defends the dual notions of film as art, and of film art as committed to social truth.

Author Name: 
Chesney, Duncan
Journal: 
Asian Cinema
Citation: 
Duncan Chesney, The long take and the time image in recent `Chinese' cinemas: Realism reconsidered, Asian Cinema, 24: 1 (2013): 7-20.