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Title: The Creative Evolution and Crystallisation of the 'Bastard line': Drifting from the Rive Gauche into Suzhou River
Author(s): Fleming, David
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Keywords: Lou Ye
Suzhou River
Alain Resnais
Last Year in Marienbad
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Fleming D (2014) The Creative Evolution and Crystallisation of the 'Bastard line': Drifting from the Rive Gauche into Suzhou River, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, 8 (2), pp. 135-147.
Abstract: Deleuze argues that ‘it is never at the beginning that something new, a new art, is able to reveal its essence’; instead, what is tacit at the outset only reveals itself later, after taking a significant ‘detour in its evolution’. This paper argues that Lou Ye's Suzhou River can be understood as the détournement of the ‘bastard line’ of the so-called Sixth Generation's urban realist impulse, and as such materialises a new modality of mainland time-image cinema. By also putting the film into critical relation with Alain Resnais’ Last Year in Marienbad (1961) via Deleuze, I aim to illustrate how Lou's evental film can be understood as actively modifying our understanding of the cinematic past.
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