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  1. The Shanghai Gesture


    URL/Identifizierer http://www.forumjournal.org/article/view/592/877
    QuellenartElektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Aufsätze aus Zeitschriften / Sammelbänden>>
    UrheberKing, Homay
    Verleger University <Edinburgh>
    Veröffentlichungsdatum2008
    Umfang 23 S.
    Schlagworte FWFilmanalyse; Film noir; Filmtheorie; Motiv
    Freie Schlagworte FW Orient als Motiv
    Beschreibung "Many classical films noirs rely upon Orientalist elements of mise-en-scène to convey a sense of enigma or unintelligibility. This article gives a name to this visual trope, “the Shanghai gesture,” and describes how Asian objects in Hollywood cinema have come to be associated with the irrational. In The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941) and The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946), elements of Orientalist décor function to evoke a sense of mystery or exoticism. In many cases, these elements are little more than exoticist set-dressing. However, in some cases they come to bear the burden of explanation for unresolved aspects of the plot, or even to suggest a limit-point of western rationality. This article concludes with a discussion of The Shanghai Gesture (Sternberg, 1941), addressing both mise-en-scène and the unique circumstances that surrounded its production. Based on a play by John Colton, the property was greatly sought after by all the major Hollywood studios, and rejected numerous times by the Hays Office for its “sordid” depictions of Shanghai bawdy-houses and casinos. Archival correspondence reveals that Hays and others linked the script’s sordidness to its Asian setting. Both a hot commodity and an object in need of censorship, The Shanghai Gesture itself became an over-determined Orientalist object, at once coveted and taboo, desirable and incomprehensible." (Information des Anbieters)
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturThe Empty Camera: The Big Sleep; A Show for the Tourists: The Shanghai Gesture; Works Cited
    Themen FWFilm>>Theorie, Methodik, Didaktik; Film>>Filmthemen und Drehbuch; Film>>Einzelne Filme (Sekundärliteratur)
    RVK FWAP 45000; AP 45100; AP 45200; AP 45300; AP 45400; AP 50300; AP 59800
    DDC FWPhilosophie, Theorie, Ästhetik; Historische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung
    geographischer BezugBehandlung nach Gebieten, Regionen, Orten im Allgemeinen>>; Nordamerika>>USA (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)>>
    zeitlicher Bezug20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1940 - 1949>>
    SpracheEnglisch
    Zugriffsrechtefreier Zugang
    Anmerkungen zur RessourceForum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, Spring 2008