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A Tale of the Wind (1988)

Une histoire de vent (original title)
An elderly, asthmatic filmmaker travels to China, hoping to film the wind.

Director:

Joris Ivens

Writers:

Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan Ivens (as Marceline Loridan)
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Credited cast:
Joris Ivens ... Self
Henxiang Han Henxiang Han
Zhuang Liu Zhuang Liu
Delong Wang Delong Wang
Hong Wang Hong Wang
Dalin Fu Dalin Fu
Guilian Liu Guilian Liu
Zhijian Chen Zhijian Chen
Qiaoyu Zou Qiaoyu Zou
Paul Sergent Paul Sergent
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Hongyu Liu Hongyu Liu ... Self
Marceline Loridan Ivens ... Self
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This film travels through fantasy and reality as Joris Ivens goes to China to capture the wind. The film reflects the filmmaker's journey from Pour le Mistral (1966), his first film on the wind, to this project, which is his final film. The essay film flows between fantasy and reality moving between the images the filmmaker has made, seen or dreamt about. Combining documentary with Chinese mythology and opera and even Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902), Ivens melds culture, landscape and mindscape with breathtaking effect. The old director travels as a boy from his windmill home in erstwhile Holland in a glider made from clothes from a clothesline. We see his journey through life and into the mysticism of the orient in his old age. His memories take us into a humorous, sometimes pensive, magical journey while the film's crew struggles to capture the wind and his breath. Written by Hrishikesh

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Nicolas Philibert traveled to China with Joris Ivens to help make this film. See more »

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Not my thing

Checked it out after finding it on 1001 movies list.

Impressive visuals and some interesting moments, but found it quite boring.

Shows off the beauty of China and it's people. Unfortunately the story of a man's quest to film the wind left me cold. Happy to have watched it, but would not go back for seconds


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Language:

French | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 March 1989 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

China

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