Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Linton, James,





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Introduced by films such as Farewell My Concubine and The Story of Qiu Ju, the new Chinese cinema film makers in the 1980s and 1990s have made important contributions to the innovation of film language in the development of world cinema. Their influence has extended beyond the limits of time and national boundaries and will remain as an interesting area of research for film scholars and critics for years to come. This thesis examines the Fifth Generation as a film movement based on the film movement theories of George Huaco, Terry Lovell, and Andrew Tudor. The Fifth Generation were compared to the traditional Chinese cinema in aspects such as themes, ideology, and film language to determine whether there has been a major aesthetic break between the two. The film makers' family, as well as educational background, and their unique life experiences during the Cultural Revolution, were examined to explain their motivation and intention to revolutionize the Chinese cinema. Their intentionality and aesthetic break from the traditional cinema qualify them as a film movement based on the criteria from the theoretical framework employed. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0307. Adviser: James Linton. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.