â€œOne Moment of Beautyâ€: An East-West Dialogue of Paul Tillich and Farewell My Concubine
Keywords:Paul Tillich, Botticelliâ€™s art, Chinese cinema, aesthetics, religion
This paper looks at Paul Tillichâ€™s discourse on the religious dimension in art and culture, and the way Sandro Botticelliâ€™s painting shaped his aesthetics. Since Tillichâ€™s depiction of his encounter with beauty through art is so similar to a Beijing opera scene in Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaigeâ€™s movie, Farewell My Concubine, I will draw on Tillichâ€™s aesthetic notions to dialogue with the motion picture. To my knowledge, there is no scholarly work in whole or in large part that analyzes Tillichâ€™s thoughts in conjunction with this film from a theological perspective. At the same time, the opera scene discussed in this paper is also a less investigated aspect of this movie.
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