Title: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Madwomen in the Films of the Sixth Generation of Chinese Directors
Stream: Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender and Communication
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Xinyue Wang, Beijing Film Academy, China
The sixth generation of Chinese directors is a special group of Chinese directors, who are both rebellious to the control of the film system and self-expressive, and their works are often rich in meaning, well-received, and recognized by the film industry both at home and abroad. The representative figures include Lou Ye, Jia Zhangke, Wang Xiaoshuai, Gu Changwei, etc. The focus of their films is no longer the same as films before, but more on the lower class people, such as the lower class people with difficult lives, the youth groups with growing pains, and the working-class people in the urban corners. They show their helplessness and confusion in difficult situations, and their strong will to struggle and fight for their lives so that people can feel the shock and power brought by the art of tragedy. However, the portrayal of women in their films has not been given much attention, and the "madwomen" have received even less attention among the many female images. The "madwoman" is usually a superficial, stereotypical portrayal of women, a stigmatized construction of women. This paper will focus on the analysis of "madwomen" in the films of the sixth generation of Chinese directors and explore the position of Chinese women in the social and cultural spheres through the context of the Chinese era.
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