UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2015

151 | CCN: 31729

Auteur Theory: Taiwan Film Auteurs

Weihong Bao,

MW 930-11A, 188 DWINELLE

4 Units

This class introduces cinema from Taiwan through the lenses of its major film auteurs. We will focus on internationally celebrated auteurs of the New Taiwan Cinema—Hou Hsiao Hsien, Edward Yang, and Tsai Mingliang—by situating their works in Taiwan’s film history and their engagement with the global “new wave” cinema as well as Taiwan’s political and cultural history. The class will combine inquiries of film style with considerations of Taiwan’s colonial legacy, its pressing social and political concerns, and its geopolitical dynamic between other parts of the Greater China and the Chinese diasporiac communities around the globe. Introducing major scholarship on Taiwan cinema and sinophone studies, this class will equip students with film analysis skills, critical theory, and knowledge of Taiwan cinema.