Session 20: Chinese (Beijing) film: House of Flying Daggers (screening and discussion), Second session
Topics for this session
❖ Recent cinema from China (Beijing): House of Flying Daggers, second session of five
Overall, persistent topics for this film:
- Deception's role in romantic narratives
- (Confucian) loyalty (zhong) / faithfulness (xin) vs. individual desire (Confucian ren? Qing? Modern liberties?)
Possible topics for this session:
- "Layering" (related to deception but that aspect not pursued here)— multiple loyalties, multiple loves
- Duty (yi) to the group (so, issues of loyalty, zhong) / faithfulness to a lover (xin) vs. individual desire: seduction in the name of duty, games becoming difficult to control realities
See House of Flying Daggers, various modules.
DVD menu scenes 8-14 (0:25:43-0:56:26, elapsed time 0:32)
The entire film is screened in class. If you have missed a class session, the movie is available as follows:
- Netflix: DVD
- Media Resources Center (Moffitt): DVD 3178
Required—to be completed for today's session
Access through sidebar tab FILM MODULES:
✓ House of Flying Daggers: Second session questions (scene summaries are optional)
Texts, multimedia notes, links*
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*TEXTS, MULTIMEDIA NOTES, LINKS: If I have read from something, shown something or presented audio that is not elsewhere mentioned, I usually include that information here for the curious, sometime after the class (since I often make last-minute decisions about including something). It might take a while and sometimes I forget. You can email me.
*OTHER: When possible I note here names, places, and other details that I have mentioned in a lecture that would otherwise not be accessible in the assigned materials or easily located on your own. As with "TEXTS ..." this is usually sometime after class and, again, I might not be able to get around to doing it.