“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai…

Posted: November 22nd, 2019 | No Comments »

a fascinating new book (of course I should have bagged the title first!!)….

China, poised to become the world’s largest film market, is home to an expansive state-supported movie and television industry. On an unparalleled scale, entire towns have been built around making movies. Given film censorship codes in China, period films provide a safe and familiar format to tell stories based around “official” narratives. The movie sets, rivaling real-world cities and monuments in their scale, have themselves become destinations for domestic and international tourists. Despite the fiction, they bear witness to a dynamic and changing China. Photographer Mark Parascandola, has spent five years photographing movie production sites and outdoor sets across China.

There’s an interview with the photographer here…https://supchina.com/2019/11/20/the-ambiguity-between-truth-and-fiction/

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