Day: January 29, 2020

Lessons in France and China of Cinema

The Departments of Chinese Studies and Cinematographic Studies of French universities generally devote little space to teaching on Chinese cinema. In the departments of Chinese studies, such as in other departments of languages ​​and civilizations, cinema is often considered to be less important or less “useful” than the other arts to achieve educational goals and is therefore overlooked. Cinematographic studies departments give priority to courses of history teaching the great periods of European cinemas and the US. The courses devoted to Asian cinemas, and more particularly Chinese, are often left on the sidelines, largely for now.

Europocentric cultural reasons, but also because the teaching of the history of cinema represents only one of the components of training, alongside courses devoted to film analysis, economics, theoretical or practical approaches, and that it is, therefore, impossible to propose courses on all world cinematography.

In China, the history of Chinese cinema is obviously more widely treated in film schools. At the Beijing Film Institute, she is approached from the origins to the present day, and courses are dedicated specifically at Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinemas. Chinese cinema courses continental approach its history chronologically, by periods and by directors (Zhang Shichuan, Sun Yu, Fei Mu, Sang Hu, Xie Jin, Zhang Yimou) by emphasizing his films considered the most important.

Courses correspond to a