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Abstract

In her article "Shen and Cinema in 1930s Shanghai" Ling Zhang analyzes the film十字街頭 (1937) (Crossroads) in relation to the influence from foreign film practice and concepts from Hollywood and Soviet cinema in 1930s Shanghai. By an analysis of the film's cinematic style, Zhang explores the transcultural and transmedial possibilities and potentials in the context of film and film culture in the 1930s and the unruly energy and unique aesthetic characteristics embedded in the process of creative mimesis and transplantation. While in the 1930s Chinese cinema had an ambivalent and paradoxical attitude to US-American and Soviet films, Chinese filmmaker Xiling Shen developed his own narrative and formal style in the process of a trans-cultural practice of visual reinterpretation.