American Masters Reviews

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November 17, 2011
May 30, 2008
Hollywood Chinese is both a history of the Chinese presence in American films and a meditation on the difficulties Chinese Americans have had in being seen as individuals and in putting the reality of their experience on screen.
May 2, 2008
Surprisingly entertaining, Hollywood Chinese, a fast-paced survey of how the Chinese have been portrayed in American films from the silent era to the present, is packed with unexpected delights.
May 2, 2008
A welcome entry in the constituency-cinema canon, Hollywood Chinese surveys a century(TM)s worth of Chinese-American actors and filmmakers, visionaries and dragon ladies, kung fu excellence and Fu Manchu insult, Oscar winners and clich (C) mongers.
April 30, 2008
Half of the running time is devoted to clips both expected (The Good Earth) and refreshing (Marion Wong's undiscovered The Curse of Quon Gwon), the other to the musings of politely enraged talking heads.
May 30, 2008
The film is primarily a more astute-than-average combination of vintage footage and talking heads.
May 30, 2008
...details the blend of glory and frustration that still dogs Chinese-American performers in Hollywood.
May 5, 2008
An eye-opening documentary delineating how motion pictures have negatively impacted the Asian community, and how they are like to continue to effect impressionable young minds for generations to come.
May 2, 2008
Informative and thoroughly engaging.
May 2, 2008
Myriad, amazingly culled interviews with actors, filmmakers and historians add rich texture to this bracingly entertaining, fast-moving survey.
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