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date: 10 December 2019

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By focusing on film policing in early twentieth-century China and the shifts in official approaches to controlling cinematic representation, this chapter shows that when motion pictures were first introduced into China, there were competing views and visions about the potential use and proper social functions of this new medium. These contestations among the different cultural groups and political actors for control of film exhibition helped shape the aesthetic styles and narrative strategies of pre-1949 Chinese cinema.

Keywords: Chinese film, history, censorship, cultural politics, cinematic representation

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