In an earlier post, we discussed some of China's earliest film magazines, only one of which had a lengthy run. But this didn't discourage others from making another attempt. There were only two such startups in 1924, one of them a second try by some familiar filmmakers. But with the steady growth of China's domestic film production as the decade wore on, movie magazine publishing began to resemble a growth industry, although as before, the short-lived far outnumbered the survivors.
Dianying Zazhi 电影杂志 (Movies Magazine) was a monthly, founded in May, 1924 by the same filmmakers who had begun the Mingxing studio's first publication, Morning Star. Unlike its predecessor, Movies Magazine was not connected with any studio, although the editorial staff were mostly Mingxing people. As with the earlier attempt, Mingxing co-founder Ren Jinping 任矜苹 was editor-in-chief, with studio executives Gu Kenfu and Zhou Jianyun and directors Zhu Shouju and Cheng Bugao on staff as contributing editors. This new effort lasted a bit longer than the earlier one, publishing 13 issues before ceasing operation in late 1925. In addition to illustrated profiles of Chinese stars of the day and news of Hollywood developments, each issue also carried articles on filmmaking and film theory by the contributing editors, since a stated major mission of Movies Magazine was to inspire and educate aspiring domestic filmmakers.
[right, a later issue of Dianying Zazhi with Wang Hanlun on the cover]
Dianying Zhoukan 电影周刊 (Film Weekly) was founded in December, 1924 in Beijing, published by the Film Editing Society, and issued as a supplement to the《Beijing News》《京报》. It is known to have survived for six issues, the last published January 18, 1925. It appears to have been an ambitious effort, its content divided into film criticism, celebrity profiles, movie scripts, etc. There were essays by filmmakers, with titles like "My Hopes for Chinese Movies," "What Chinese Movies can Learn from Western Europe," and translations of the scripts of such Hollywood films as《The Cave of Fallen Angels》(1923) and《The Butterfly Girl》(1921).
[left, the cover of Dianying Zhoukan's first issue, December, 1924]