Film - Feature | November 10 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A critical hit during one of Chinas most politically charged periods, Zhengs follow-up to his 1959 anniversary epics merged Soviet-style socialist realism with his own breakthroughs in film technique, specifically his use of continuous camera movement in the spirit of traditional Chinese scrolls. Tractor-kino at its finest, the film revolves around two rural loversone struck with a deadly diseaseand their eventual survival thanks to socialist medical advances. One Western critic called the plot dreadful, but Zhengs imagery is something else entirely, a pioneering attempt at bridging the aesthetics of Chinese art with Chinese film aesthetics (Lin Niantong).
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