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Chung Kuo – Cina

11 Mar (Fri), 7:40pm

Chung Kuo – Cina (1973)
207 min, Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles, Digital, Italy

The legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni was fascinated with China. In 1972, he overcame numerous obstacles to travel to the mainland through diplomatic channels to shoot this three-and-a-half hour documentary in Beijing, Henan, Jiangsu, and Shanghai. His visit occurred during the Cultural Revolution, and the film triggered a large-scale, year-long criticism campaign initiated by the Gang of Four after its broadcast. Today, we understand that this work documents everyday life during a tumultuous time from a rational perspective. Although forty years have passed, that era remains a subject of ambivalence.

Michelangelo Antonioni (Italian, 1912–2007) was one of the most important directors of the twentieth century. His concise yet open style expresses a deep understanding of how people in contemporary times may suffer from a lack of purpose or emotions.

Courtesy of RAI

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