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The 400 Million(1938) and the solidarity film: ‘halfway between Hollywood and Newsreel’

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The 400 Million(1938) and the solidarity film: ‘halfway between Hollywood and Newsreel’

Waugh, Thomas (2009) The 400 Million(1938) and the solidarity film: ‘halfway between Hollywood and Newsreel’. Studies in Documentary Film, 3 (1). pp. 7-17. ISSN 1750-3280

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/sdf.3.1.7_1

Abstract

The Dutch documentarist Joris Ivens' anti-fascist cinema of the late 1930s coincided with his invention of the solidarity documentary. His Chinese film The 400 Million (1938) is analyzed as a prototype of the subgenre in respect to its development, production and reception. The film is seen in the light of problems inherent in the classical-sound documentary aesthetics as it embraced anti-fascist politics, and in particular intercultural issues related to frontline film-making in a China united by a precarious Guomindang-Communist coalition.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Waugh, Thomas
Journal or Publication:Studies in Documentary Film
Date:2009
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1386/sdf.3.1.7_1
ID Code:977218
Deposited By: ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:01 May 2013 18:30
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:44
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