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Back to the Future

By Alyssa Rosenberg

"Back to the Future"

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It looks like Chinese moviegoers aren’t going to get to see Source Code. I’d actually assume that the Chinese government would be more concerned with time travel movies that take characters into the future, particularly if it’s democratic, or with speculative fiction that inspires demands for greater openness, or with adaptations of Tom Clancy’s The Bear and the Dragon, in which the Internet Liberates China by way of illuminating the truth about resource wars than with movies about time travel into the past. But then, I imagine it’s not only historical inaccuracies the Chinese film bureau’s worried about, but historical interpretation. Audiences can draw ideas for the future from the past, too.

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