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Projected comrades: a comparative study of ideologies in Cultural Revolution and May ’68 cinema

Ren, Siyuan (2020) Projected comrades: a comparative study of ideologies in Cultural Revolution and May ’68 cinema. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis compares the ideologies in Chinese films made during the Cultural Revolution and French films contemporaneously influenced by the May ’68 milieu. By examining the content and methods of the political messages delivered in ten selected cinematic texts, the study finds that the Chinese films display a tendency to convey more political, more exclusive (to specific real-life political figures and entities), and more consistent messages, with a grander narrative, while the French counterparts tend to be more universal (rather than limited to specific, real-life political figures or entities), inconsistent, and self-reflective. All the texts share discontents with the portrayed status quo to different extents, but with one notable difference: the Chinese films provide the answer, whereas the French films often end in impasse, without proposing any viable solution at all.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ren, Siyuansir21@pitt.edusir21
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorDing, Yueyud30@pitt.eduyud30
Committee MemberLotz, Andrewanl7@pitt.eduanl7
Committee MemberMecchia, Giuseppinamecchia@pitt.edumecchia
Committee MemberWang,
Date: 16 August 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 April 2020
Approval Date: 16 August 2020
Submission Date: 27 May 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 88
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Propaganda, political theory, qualitative study, revolution, history, Maoism
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2020 15:30
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2020 15:30


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