Here is a topic for your final paper. Please concentrate on producing good close readings and analysis of primary sources. You are encouraged, but not obliged to, draw upon the critical articles assigned. The essay should have a coherent structure and original argument supported by specific textual analysis of the film(s). Avoid unnecessary plot summary and generalization, and the more tightly defined the topic, the better. The paper is 5 pages long, double-spaced, font 12.
Both Jiang Wen’s In the Heat of the Sun and Zhang Yimou’s To Live attempted to come to terms with historical trauma during the Cultural Revolution by exploring individual memories. These two directors differed in and/or shared particular ways in which they sought to construct the historical reality, thus conveying their distinctive historical consciousness. Please provide your discussion on this subject matter, and also consider how individual memories, which could be fragmented and even imagined, help to build and/or obscure the representations of the past.
the links of two movies are: 1 Jiang Wen’s In the Heat of the Sun:
2 Zhang Yimou’s To Live :