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China Girls in Experimental Film

March 29, 2016
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Hutchison Hubbell Auditorium

The “China Girl,” sometimes called a “China Doll” or “girl head” is a type of reference image used in commercial film laboratories since the late 1920s and continuing in limited used today. The China Girl has appeared in more films than any actress, though, outside of the film laboratory, she is rarely seen. Behind the scenes, however, she is essential to setting the appearance of a film, determining exposure, image density, and color balance. While the China Girl is a crucial part of the film production process, her essential role in film history has been most often overlooked.

This program gathers a selection of experimental films that consider the China Girl from various perspectives, including that of celluloid materiality, the behind-the-scenes workings of the film industry, and the often marginal role of women in film history. The screening is organized and will be introduced by film scholar and Humanities Center fellow Genevieve Yue.

The screening is held in conjunction with Professor Yue’s presentation at the Susan B. Anthony Institute Faculty Research Seminar on March 29, from 12–1:30PM. Faculty and post-docs are welcome to attend the seminar, and should RSVP to by Friday, March 25.

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