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Chinese Movie Magazines

From Charlie Chaplin to Chairman Mao 1921-1951

Paul Fonoroff


A beautiful and unique guide to Chinese movie magazines and movies from a period of vast cultural change in China

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Showcasing an exotic, eclectic array of covers from more than five hundred movie publications from a glamorous bygone age, Chinese Movie Magazines sheds fresh light on China’s film industry from its early years through the highs and lows of a period of incredible social, political and economic change.

With expertly curated covers, and authoritative and entertaining commentary, collector and Chinese cinema specialist Paul Fonoroff guides readers through the jewels of the genre, offering unique insights into the evolution of Chinese movies and the influence of Hollywood along the way. From a colourful Charlie Chaplin to earnest portraits of Chairman Mao, this extraordinary volume covers the oldest extant Chinese movie magazine – established in 1921 – and the last independently owned ‘fanzine’ of 1951.

Chinese Movie Magazines is a must have for film, design and pop culture aficionados.

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'A rich source of imagery [that] shows the developing graphic culture of these publications alongside political and historic milestones'
Creative Review

'Fans of Eastern cinema will get a kick out of this new hardback'
Home Cinema Choice

'Incredibly niche wisdom, collected in coffee-table-book form'

'A thorough, as well as serious, vintage collector’s work, Chinese Movie Magazines also contains a wealth of vintage-style imagery'

'Will teach you everything you need to know about the star-studded world of Chinese cinematic magazine covers'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 27.5 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 13 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500519882

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The Hollywood of the East: The Rise of the Chinese Film Industry, 1921–1932 • 2. Stars of the Page and Screen: A Golden Age for Movies and Magazines, 1932–1937 • 3. Celluloid Skirmishes: Creative Responses to Wartime Restrictions, 1937–1945 • 4. From Pillar to Post: Liberation and the Road to State Control, 1945–1951

About the Author

Paul Fonoroff served as film critic for the South China Morning Post for more than a quarter of a century. He also hosted over 1,000 movie-related TV shows in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, and had roles in twenty movies. He is a member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and the Performing Artists Guild of Hong Kong, and is an advisor to the Hong Kong Film Archives. His unique collection of Chinese movie memorabilia was acquired by the University of California, Berkeley, in 2015, and housed in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

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