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  • Consumer Culture and the Black Market: Mise-en-Scène

    Christina Klein

    Chapter from the book: Klein, C. 2020. Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Cinema.


    This chapter explores Cold War cosmopolitanism via material culture. It focuses on Han’s mise-en-scene, which it interprets from three perspectives. It begins with textual analysis, examining the expressive role of consumer goods in three films: Madame Freedom, Hyperbolae of Youth, and The Hand of Fate. It next investigates the flow of these goods into Korea through transnational networks: the legal import economy, regional smuggling routes, and the web of US military bases, the latter two of which sustained a vast black market. The chapter’s final section investigates poaching as a material practice within the film industry, showing how filmmakers relied on resources procured from the black market and U.S. military to bring their films into existence.

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    Klein, C. 2020. Consumer Culture and the Black Market: Mise-en-Scène. In: Klein, C, Cold War Cosmopolitanism. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.85.g

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    Published on Jan. 21, 2020


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