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  1. Courtroom Drama with Chinese Characteristics : a Comparative Approach to Legal Process in Chinese Cinema


    URL/Identifizierer http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1576563
    Identifizierer alternativhttp://ssrn.com/abstract=1576563 URL
    QuellenartElektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Berichte aus Forschung, Projekten, Tagungen>>
    UrheberMcIntyre, Stephen
    Verleger Duke University <Durham, NC> / School of Law
    Veröffentlichungsdatum2010
    Umfang 30 S.
    Schlagworte FWGerichtsfilm; Filmanalyse; Filminterpretation -> Interpretation Film; Recht
    Beschreibung "Whereas existing “law and film” scholarship has largely concentrated on Hollywood, this Essay examines the role that legal process plays in Chinese cinema. Due to the natural affinity between the American trial process and filmmaking, Hollywood’s “heroic tradition” of courtroom drama has had a profound influence on worldwide law-themed cinema, and continues to dominate the field. This Essay nonetheless argues that, rather than merely borrowing Hollywood conventions, Chinese films draw upon a long and rich tradition of indigenous “court case” (gong’an) melodrama in portraying legal process. Like the American tradition, gong’an drama seizes upon the dramatic and narrative potential of legal trials. Yet the American and Chinese traditions differ substantially. While the former turns viewers into jurors, pushing them back and forth between the competing stories that emerge from the adversarial process, the latter eschews any recognition of competing narratives, centering instead on virtuous judges’ quests to convict - and, more importantly, to punish - decidedly guilty criminals. A punitive sense of justice and a tendency to downplay alternative narratives are manifest not only in centuries-old gong’an plays, but also in China’s modern criminal justice system and in Chinese cinema. To demonstrate the disparity between the American and Chinese traditions, this Essay contrasts two superficially similar films: Judgment at Nuremberg and Tokyo Trial. Although Tokyo Trial resembles a Hollywood-style trial film - indeed, it mirrors Judgment at Nuremberg in numerous respects - it is extremely faithful to the Chinese model. This points to the robustness of China’s native gong’an tradition and the attitudes underlying it." (Information des Anbieters)
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturINTRODUCTION; LAW AND FILM IN HOLLYWOOD; CHINESE COURTROOM DRAMA; JUSTICE AT NUREMBERG AND TOKYO: A COMPARISON OF AMERICAN AND CHINESE COURTROOM DRAMA; CONCLUSION
    Themen FWFilm>>Beziehungen, Ausstrahlungen, Einwirkungen; Film>>Film in einzelnen Ländern
    RVK FWAP 46700; AP 47000; AP 59762
    DDC FWHistorische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung
    geographischer BezugAsien Orient Ferner Osten>>China und benachbarte Gebiete>>
    zeitlicher Bezug21. Jahrhundert, 2000 – 2099>>2000 - 2009>>
    SpracheEnglisch
    Anmerkungen zur RessourceMcIntyre, Stephen, Courtroom Drama with Chinese Characteristics: A Comparative Approach to Legal Process in Chinese Cinema (March 22, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1576563