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Opened just last year, the Shanghai Film Museum ranks as one of the world’s most state of the art institutions for people to explore movie history, specifically, movie history in Shanghai, from Twin Sisters to Spring in a Small Town to The Big Road. For the first half of the 20th century, nearly all Chinese films were made in Shanghai, but the city lost much of its moviemaking autonomy when the Communist government moved film operations to the capital of Beijing. This $100 million museum can be seen as a monument to Shanghai’s glamorous cinematic past, brought back to life as an enduring emblem of its future.>> Kevin B. Lee »
Spring in a Small Town (China: Xiǎochéng zhī chūn), 1948
Directed by Fei Mu.
A wife, her husband, his sister and servant are visited by an old friend of the husband – a man who once was in love with his wife.
All those fleeting moments. The rampant thoughts of what could be, or what could’ve been. Considered one of the masterpieces of Chinese cinema, it is surprising that we don’t hear more of Spring in a Small Town. Directed by Fei Mu, Spring in a Small Town was released in 1948, before the communist overthrow of China. This meant it was supressed and Fei Mu fled Hong Kong, dying only two years later. But it resurfaced in the 1980’s, as the China Film Archive opened it’s doors and Spring in a Small Town was championed, earning itself »
- Simon Columb
Peter Bradshaw declares his admiration for Fei Mu's 1948 romance, which sees long lost love rekindled among the ruins of the second world war. Zhou Yuwen (Wei Wei) lives with her neurotic husband Dai Liyan (Shi Yu). Their unhappy marriage is tested when Yuwen's former lover, Zhang Zhichen, pays them a visit. Spring in a Small Town is being re-released by the BFI and is in cinemas from Friday Continue reading »
- Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes
★★★★★This year, the BFI has embarked on a glorious season of screenings that celebrate the last one hundred years of Chinese cinema. Acting as something of a centrepiece is a film that they have been attempting to licence for UK distribution for years, Fei Mu's Spring in a Small Town (1948). Often considered its nation's greatest film, it has now been restored by the Chinese Film Archive who have made significant strides recently in reaching out to showcase the country's cinematic heritage abroad. This crowning achievement is an exquisite melodrama full of yearning and regret. A clear influence on the cinema of Wong Kar-wai, this is a tale of simmering passions held at bay by obligation.
- CineVue UK
Great news for us lovers of Asian Cinematography. The British Film Institute (BFI) along with Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will present one of the largest and most complete retrospective of Chinese Cinema. The films presented will not be only from China itself but there will be productions from Hong Kong and Taiwan too. This awesome event will be held from June until October 2014 so don´t worry you will be able to enjoy the showcase throughout the year.
Each month the BFI will present different programs with different showcases. In total there will be five programs lasting around one month each. During June, The Golden Age the focus will be classic movies from the 1930s and 40s. Also during June there will be another program called A New China which movies were done during the post-war era and focus on melodramas, war films and different satires. On July this change in the Swordsmen, »
- Sebastian Nadilo
Hong Kong – The Beijing International Film Festival which gets underway later this week (April 16-23, 2014) has completed its line-up with additional restored and classic movies and contemporary world cinema choices.
The additions take to 282 the total number of films set to screen and 176 the number that will play in its Beijing Film Panorama.
The five film ‘Restoration’ section is headed by 1928 silent film “Underground,” by British director Anthony Asquith, charting the triangular relationship of two men and a woman on London’s underground or Tube railway. Other titles include “Laborer’s Love,” “New Women,” “Spring in a Small Town,” and “Myriads of Lights.”
The festival has added a screening of “Giant,” bringing to three its selection of James Dean classics, alongside the previously announced “Rebel Without A Cause” and “East of Eden.” Also screening in the same ‘Classical Retrospective’ section is a trio of Guiseppe Tornatore titles “The Legend of 1900,” “Malena” and “Cinema Paradiso. »
- Patrick Frater
6 items from 2014
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