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Great Film Directors: Zhang Yimou

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This course analyzes the life and extraordinary films of Chinese director, Zhang Yimon. The focus will be on the balance of  Zhang Yimon’s artistic expression within the shifting structures of Chinese censorship. We will look specifically at Raise the Red Lantern (1991), a sumptuous melodrama set in historic rural China.;  To Live  (1994), a realistic drama centered on themes of resilience and survival of ordinary Chinese people; and Hero (2002), an imaginative revisiting of traditional Chinese forms.


Instructor Marilyn Eckberg
Marilyn grew up watching movies in the last Art Deco Movie Palace built in the United States. She has six years experience teaching a variety of film appreciation courses at Pierian Springs Academy and the Longboat Key Education Center in Sarasota, Florida. She is passionate about sharing underappreciated films with others.

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