PAAS357(Course Name) Film Commentary


The film commentary counts for 10% of your total class grade, and will be graded by the following criteria:

·      specific references to the film and story, as cited by dialogue or plot elements and timestamp/ page number

·      organization and structure

·      quality of written language and proofreading

Each film commentary should be typed in double-spaced size 12 font with one-inch margins, and be 3-4 pages in length. No late or make up commentaries accepted.

In “Female Image and National Myth,” Meng Yue describes the representation of class struggle in The White-Haired Girl: “Events may occur in a family, between sexual objects, or even within an individual’s psyche, each of these being an archetypal private setting. But the meaning each event communicates is about class struggle; and most importantly, meaning is exclusively about class struggle. The story, the drama, unfolds only at the political and public levels. The only code at work is the political code” (122).

Meng Yue’s essay addresses socialist literature, but how does the passage above speak to the conflict(s) depicted in A Girl from Hunan and “Xiaoxiao”? Is there a difference between the way private and public conflicts are depicted in the film versus in Shen Congwen’s short story, and are the two levels related? Your response should include at least one specific example from the film and the story to support your argument.


The White-Haired Girl (VIDEO)  :

(you need to sign in my and open the link, username: xiweil password: Xiwei182838)

Totally, you need to watch one video and read 2 novels attached.


Please follow level 3(3-4 pages)