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Memory Reading

Quote: “Despite its seeming disinterest in offering historical testimony, In the Heat of the Sun provides a concise history of PRC cinema and demonstrates the power of films to reconfigure the past.”

In this chapter, Braester argues that in Chinese cinema, memory is used as a form of mythmaking.  The fiction in films is added due to the “failure of memory.”  Braester discusses that the film In the Heat of the Sun, shows how much power the film industry has in displaying the Chinese past.  In the Heat of the Sun, the narrator tells his experience of what he remembers from the Cultural Revolution, but does not explain what historically is going on during this time period. Braester argues that In the Heat of the Sun was a film that portrayed more of a fantasy life than reality of the Cultural Revolution. We tend to remember the happier and more successful memories than the bad.  For the Cultural Revolution memories, people only remember the successful rallies and how they were taking a stand for what their generation believed in.

We hear and read about how many films portray fictional historic events in the cinema industry; wouldn’t it just be best for society to not see these films?

~ by ascutari on .

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