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  • A Commitment to Showmanship: Spectacle

    Christina Klein

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


    This chapter explores spectacle as an element of Han’s film style. It looks at how Han Hyung-mo drew on contemporary public culture to fill his films with sights and sounds that appealed to viewers via a presentational mode of address. It focuses on four films and types of spectacle, each of which had a cosmopolitan dimension: Japanese judo in My Sister is a Hussy, Latin mambo in Madame Freedom, fashion designer Nora Noh’s European-inspired costumes in A Female Boss, and traditional Korean dance performed in Southeast Asia in Because I Love You. This chapter, like the previous one, traces the historical dimensions of these spectacles, showing how they are rooted in the flows of people into and out of Korea.

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    Klein, C. 2020. A Commitment to Showmanship: Spectacle. In: Klein, C, Cold War Cosmopolitanism. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.85.h

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    Published on Jan. 21, 2020


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