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Screening the Political: Pedagogy and Dissent in The Gate of Heavenly Peace

Screening the Political: Pedagogy and Dissent in The Gate of Heavenly Peace individual confronting a tank, a “goddess of democracy” statue, and the June Fourth massacre were brought almost immediately to audiences across the globe. As one observer has characterized it, the event sent shock waves around the world, inspiring and horrifying audiences, “forever changing the way they thought about China.”* The Gate of Heavenly Peace (hereafter The Gate) attempts to arrest this shock effect. Critics have praised the film. It escapes the sensationalism that informed much of the media coverage; it presents an impartial view of the movement’s successes and failures; and it demystifies the students as romantic subalterns in search of democratic reform. We see a range of actors adroitly using the media to resist the government but also to pursue and protect their own interests. And we learn how bitter divisions emerged within the student ranks, divisions that ultimately contributed to the violent showdown between those who remained on the square and government troops in the early morning hours of June Fourth.’ The Gate has also received critical acclaim for its masterfully designed page on the World Wide Web. With one click of the mouse, the visitor can read reviews of the film, tour Tiananmen Square, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Screening the Political: Pedagogy and Dissent in The Gate of Heavenly Peace

positions asia critique , Volume 7 (3) – Dec 1, 1999

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1999 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-7-3-827
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individual confronting a tank, a “goddess of democracy” statue, and the June Fourth massacre were brought almost immediately to audiences across the globe. As one observer has characterized it, the event sent shock waves around the world, inspiring and horrifying audiences, “forever changing the way they thought about China.”* The Gate of Heavenly Peace (hereafter The Gate) attempts to arrest this shock effect. Critics have praised the film. It escapes the sensationalism that informed much of the media coverage; it presents an impartial view of the movement’s successes and failures; and it demystifies the students as romantic subalterns in search of democratic reform. We see a range of actors adroitly using the media to resist the government but also to pursue and protect their own interests. And we learn how bitter divisions emerged within the student ranks, divisions that ultimately contributed to the violent showdown between those who remained on the square and government troops in the early morning hours of June Fourth.’ The Gate has also received critical acclaim for its masterfully designed page on the World Wide Web. With one click of the mouse, the visitor can read reviews of the film, tour Tiananmen Square, and

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Published: Dec 1, 1999

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