Motion Pictures and the Image of the City

A Documentary Interpretation

  • Xiaofei Hao

Part of the Film und Bewegtbild in Kultur und Gesellschaft book series (BKG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Xiaofei Hao
    Pages 19-29
  3. Xiaofei Hao
    Pages 31-76
  4. Xiaofei Hao
    Pages 77-132
  5. Xiaofei Hao
    Pages 229-241
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-244

About this book


If you’ve ever had a special attachment to a film, and also an attachment to the city it was shot in, Xiaofei Haos book will give you a fresh eye on how the city is expressed in the film by the filmmaker. From the perspective of social science, each face of the city in a film comes from a choice – shown only on the basis of the filmmakers’ selection criteria. In this process, the film becomes the cognitive map of that city. The interweaving of the city space and film language will be elaborated first from the perspective of urban studies. Then some viewpoints of tourism studies will be provided to explore the relation between the image of the city in the film and in reality. Two films about the city Taipei are looked at as case studies: A One and a Two (Yi Yi, Director Edward Yang, 2000) and Au Revoir Taipei (Director Arvin Chen, 2010).

  • Lynch’s image system
  • The language of film
  • A One and a Two: Nostalgia upon Diaspora
  • Au Revoir Taipei: Tourist view on the space of empathy
  • City, Film and Destination: Comparative analysis 
Target groups
  • Researchers and students of Urban Studies, Tourism Studies, Culture Sociology and Film Studies 
  • Filmmakers 
The Author

Ph.D Xiaofei Hao is a Lecturer at the Department of Event Management, School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, China. Her research interests include film language interpretation, film tourism, and visual culture.


Cinematic city Film tourism Destination image Tourist imaginaries Taipei Place attachment

Authors and affiliations

  • Xiaofei Hao
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Tourism ManagementSun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-14339-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-14340-4
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