Film narratology focuses on narrative time and narrative viewpoints. In films about revolutionary history produced in China’s “Seventeen-year Period” (1949–1966), narrative time chiefly involved choice of time, sequencing, and time spans (deformation of time). The creators basically followed the temporal order, so those films seem neat and standardized, giving prominence to the key plots and components. The narrative viewpoint of the day was chiefly omniscient, or a combination of the limited and omniscient viewpoints. The creators chose to let the narrator hide behind the text, so as to strengthen the “visual illusion” and promote the plot development through the plot itself. This narrative technique was decided by the ideology of the times and its aesthetic orientation.
Funding source: General History of Film Translation in China
Award Identifier / Grant number: 20&ZD313
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Shaoyang Lu is a professor and doctoral supervisor of the School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University. He is a member of the 2018–2022 National Teaching Guidance Committee for Journalism and Communication Majors under the Ministry of Education, the Deputy Director of the Central Cultural Work Committee of the Jiu San Society, and the Chairman of Working Committee for Theoretical Comments of the China Film Association. He has served as the judge of the China News Award, the China Film Golden Rooster Award, the National Social Science Fund and the Social Science Fund of the National Radio and Television Administration. His academic work The History of Cotemporary Chinese Cinema: Since 1977 won the second prize of Beijing Philosophy and Social Sciences Achievements Award and the Excellent Textbooks Award of Beijing Municipal Education Commission. His theses won Literary and Art Review Award of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles three times. He has presided over the project “Research on the Achievements and Problems of the Film Industry since the Full Implementation of the Industrialization Policy of Chinese Films” supported by National Social Science Fund, the key projects “Research on the 60-year Revolutionary Historical Themes since the Founding of New China” and “‘Top-level Design’ of Chinese Film Development” supported by the Social Science Fund of the National Radio and Television Administration, etc.
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