CinemaTalk: a Conversation with Michael Berry
dGenerate Films presents CinemaTalk, an ongoing series of conversations with esteemed scholars of Chinese cinema studies. These conversations are presented on this site in audio podcast and/or text format. They are intended to help the Chinese cinema studies community keep abreast of the latest work being done in the field, as well as to learn what recent Chinese films are catching the attention of others. This series reflects our mission to bring valuable resources and foster community around the field of Chinese film studies.
In this conversation with dGenerate’s Kevin Lee, Michael shares his insights on Jia Zhangke, specifically his career development since the “Hometown Trilogy” and his recent controversy at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Be sure to read Jia’s statement of withdrawal from the Melbourne Film Festival as a point of reference.
Play the Podcast (Time: 17:39)
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Get a list of Michael’s publications and a timecoded index of topics covered in the interview after the jump.
Interview Topic Index
0:00-0:51 – Introduction 0:51-4:00 – Jia Zhangke’s career development 4:00-7:45 – Jia’s recent controversy at Melbourne 7:46-11:45 – Jia as a political filmmaker 11:45-15:20 – Moving beyond the mavericks 15:20-17:30 – Distributing the digital revolution
Selected Publications by Michael Berry
Jia Zhang-ke’s Hometown Trilogy (British Film Institute & Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2009)
A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film (Columbia University Press, 2008)
Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers (Columbia University Press, 2005; Traditional Chinese edition, Rye Field, 2007; Simplified Chinese Edition, Guangxi Normal University Press, 2008)
Book Length Translations by Michael Berry
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai, by Wang Anyi. Translation by Michael Berry and Susan Chan Egan, with an Afterword by Michael Berry (Columbia University Press, 2008).
To Live by Yu Hua. Translation and Afterword by Michael Berry (Anchor Books, 2003).
Wild Kids: Two Novels about Growing Up by Chang Ta-chun. Translation and introduction by Michael Berry (Columbia University Press, 2000).