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Sound, Music and Memory in Jia Zhangke’s Unknown Pleasures (2002) and the ‘Hometown Trilogy’

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Philippa Lovatt - Speaker

In Jia Zhangke’s ‘Hometown Trilogy’ the complex diegetic soundscapes, which are often recorded using the method of direct sound, are represented as ‘occupied’ spaces: acoustic realms that are densely layered with the competing discourses of reform era China. Focusing on Unknown Pleasures (2002), while making connections with the earlier two films of the trilogy, my talk will explore how the film uses sound and music to articulate the experience of China’s rapid transformation in the years following the end of the Cultural Revolution.
30 Apr 2020

External organisation (External Organisation)

NameGoethe University Frankfurt / the Deutsches Filminsittut und Filmmuseum.

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