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Key Moments in Korean Film History

Darcy Paquet
language: English
subtitles: Polish, English, Dutch, Finnish, Italian


The lecture provides a general introduction to the history of South Korean film, from its origins in the 1910s and 1920s up until the mid-1990s, which is often seen as the starting point of contemporary Korean cinema. The lecturer describes some of the dramatic events in 20th century Korean history, and outlines the achievements that filmmakers made in the face of political turmoil, strict censorship and widespread social upheaval.

Darcy Paquet

Darcy Paquet is the founder of Koreanfilm.org and the author of "New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves" (2010). A former correspondent for Screen International and Variety, he currently teaches at the Busan Asian Film School. He also works as a programme consultant for the Udine Far East Film Festival. In 2013 he co-launched the Wildflower Film Awards Korea, which celebrates achievement in Korean independent cinema, and he has also done subtitle translation for over 100 films including "Parasite", "The Handmaiden", and "The Woman Who Ran". Darcy has been living in Seoul since 1997.


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Further reading

Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Cinema (2020) by Christina Klein. University of California Press, 320 pp.

Eclipsed Cinema: The Film Culture of Colonial Korea (2018) by Dong Hoon Kim. Edinburgh University Press, 304 pp.

New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves (2010) by Darcy Paquet. Columbia University Press, 144 pp.

Parameters of Disavowal: Colonial Representation in South Korean Cinema (2018) by Jinsoo An. University of California Press, 208 pp.

Rediscovering Korean Cinema (2019) edited by Sangjoon Lee. University of Michigan Press, 612 pp.

South Korean Golden Age Melodrama: Gender, Genre, and National Cinema (2005) edited by Kathleen McHugh and Nancy Abelmann. Wayne State University Press, 248 pp.

Split Screen Korea: Shin Sang-ok and Postwar Cinema (2014) by Steven Chung. University of Minnesota Press, 263 pp.

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