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|Title: ||Hollywood's images of Tibet|
|Other Titles: ||好萊塢對西藏之印象|
|Authors: ||張展彰;Chang, Jaan-jang|
|Keywords: ||好萊塢;西藏達賴喇嘛;中國共產黨;逃避主義;Tibet;Hollywood;Dalai Lama;Chinese Communists;escapism|
|Issue Date: ||2010-09-23 14:46:28 (UTC+8)|
“Do you think someday people will look at Tibet on a movie screen?” This was a line spoken by Dalai Lama in the Seven Years In Tibet, through the century, Hollywood has answered. Hollywood’s images of Tibet have shifted from time to time. In 1937, Hollywood released Lost Horizon which turned out to be a blockbuster of the year, created the first image of Tibet as Shangri-La. Indeed, the west remains this Shangri-La image until the 90s when the tragedies of Tibetans start to reveal. Sanctuary was needed according to the movie, and due to the fact situation was chaotic. From Lost Horizon and The Razor’s Edge, both protagonists underwent a quest to search the meaning of their existence. However, from the 50s to the 70s, Hollywood was lack of interest in Tibet, and there were several problems Hollywood were facing during the time. But these problems forced Hollywood to change and transformed into a multibillion corporations. Hence, Hollywood’s attention on Tibet was pulled away by these problems. In the 80s, the lack of interest in Tibet changed, two movies, The Razor’s Edge and The Golden Child, were released, which The Golden Child turned out to be a blockbuster of the year. These movies explored Tibet in a different way, The Razor’s Edge explored Tibet by focusing in the sceneries and religion. As to The Golden Child, the Tibetans are good people with high virtues. In the 90s, topics about Tibet are popular and three major movies were released, Little Buddha, Kundun, and Seven Years In Tibet. Tibet is no longer a Shangri-La to the west, and it becomes a victim of the Chinese Communists. These movies revealed the tragedies of Tibetans under the control of Chinese Communist, and through Hollywood movies, the world starts to know more about Tibet.
This thesis will determine the images of Tibet in terms of three periods. These periods are discussed in chapter three to chapter five, and chapter one and six are preface and conclusion. Chapter two will introduce the historical background of Hollywood, including the discussion of the audiences Hollywood. The thesis concluded with the findings of Hollywood’s images of Tibet. One discovery is Hollywood tries to save Tibet due to its human rights status under China are worse. Hollywood’s influential power has dominated the world’s movie entertainment businesses and it is interesting to understand why throughout the century, Hollywood desire to explore Tibet.
|Appears in Collections:||[Graduate Institute of the Americas] Thesis|
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