Rediscovering early Chinese Film History: Spanish, Mediterranean and Southern European seminal influence in the genesis of Chinese Film Industry


Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4:15pm to 6:15pm


RCC Seminar Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

RCC is pleased to announce this talk by Juan Ignacio Toro Escudero, RCC Fellow and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Romance Languages & Literature at Harvard.

For the first time in History, Chinese box-office surpassed North American revenues for ticket-selling in some periods of 2015, becoming the top national market in the world during those weeks, in what seems to be a solid tendency for the coming years. The Chinese market is, notwithstanding, not especially permeable to foreign films, a synonym to Hollywood films in Chinese film-goers’ and industry’s mindset. This was not always the rule. In fact, the foundations of Chinese film industry were set by a handful of foreign pioneers who, years later, made possible the timid endeavours of local entrepreneurs. Among those pioneers, Spaniards led by Antonio Ramos Espejo, were crucial.

Sponsor(s):  Real Colegio Complutense

Contact(s): Kim Conant