The absent father of Sino-French cinema: Contemporary Taiwanese cinema and 1950s French auteurs
- Author(s): Bloom, ME
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/17508061.2013.875728
© 2014 Taylor & Francis. In contemporary Sino-French cinema, father characters who are dead, long lost or geographically distant leave gaping holes in the lives of the offspring left behind. The absent fathers in Sino-French films by Taiwanese auteurs Cheng Yu-chieh, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang serve as metaphors for French auteurs. French New Wave films constitute the majority of the intertexts; however, early 1950s French cinema and even late nineteenth-century painting reflect the expansiveness of French influence. Despite the possibility of an orientalist dynamic, Taiwanese auteurs not only pay homage to their French 'fathers', and especially New Waver Franc¸ois Truffaut, but also strike out on their own, contributing innovative work to contemporary transnational cinemas.