The Dance of Spectacular Effects in Transnational Cinemas

Dr. Véronique Flambard-Weisbart
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Postmodern French director Jean-Luc Godard suggested that cinema and language are inextricably bound in a dance of intertextuality and pastiche. In the context of the new global economy, it is not uncommon to find various aspects of Hong Kong culture playing a part in the meaning and visual economy of contemporary French films, and the reverse is true as well. While the films of French director Christophe Gans are strongly inspired from Hong Kong Wuxia Pian aesthetics, Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai is known as the Chinese Godard. I will show the interaction between the French postmodern aesthetics that mark the films of Wong, and the spectacular effects characteristic of Wuxia Pian found in the films of Gans.

Keywords: transnational cinemas
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Dance of Spectacular Effects in Transnational Cinemas, The

Dr. Véronique Flambard-Weisbart

Associate Professor in French, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Véronique Flambard-Weisbart is an Associate Professor of French / Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, and Director of the European Studies Program in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Her current research interests and publications focus on contemporary French literature, transnational cinemas, and the effects of globalization on national literatures, cinemas, and everyday life.

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