Sun Mingjin and John Grierson, a Comparative Study of Early Chinese and British Documentary Film Movements

Ying Zhu; Tongdao Zhang
March 2006
Asian Cinema;Spring/Summer2006, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p230
Academic Journal
The article presents a comparative study of the role of film theorist John Grierson and director Sun Mingjin in early Chinese and British documentary film movements. The films made by Sun Mingjin bore witness to the evolving political, economic, social, and cultural landscapes of China in the 1930 to 1940s. The main difference between the two filmmakers' works was that Mingjin was more concerned with informing and educating the masses in science and technology, whereas Grierson was more concerned with the nature of the modern world and its implications for citizenship, both globally and locally.


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