New Chinese Cinema: Opening Day!
Series beging with "Springtime in a Small Town"
Saturday, November 23, 2002
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
West Coast Premiere
SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN
(Xiao cheng zhi chun)
(2002) Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang
Tian Zhuangzhuang’s first film after a 10-year hiatus from filmmaking (the first three of which were due to an official ban) amply rewards those who worried that THE BLUE KITE (1993) was to be the Fifth Generation director’s abrupt swan song. Like its similarly titled source, Fei Mu’s revered 1948 classic, Tian’s remake is a meditation on Chinese culture, history, and modernity condensed into a chamber drama. Into the walled confines of a once-grand mansion in the provinces, a worldly doctor arrives, catalyzing a tempest in the seemingly serene world of a sickly gentleman and his wife. Duty soon crashes into desire, but Tian maps the heartbreak in subtle moves—through gesture, glances, double entendre, and visual allusions.
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