Cultural Revolution

Rare images: the destruction of a Confucian temple triggers the Cultural Revolution
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Rare images: the destruction of a Confucian temple triggers the Cultural Revolution

The Tomb of Hai Rui in Haikou on Hainan Island was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution by gangs of angry kids (later, the red guards) … Read more

A conversation with Jia Zhangke
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A Conversation with Jia Zhangke

In 2001 in Beijing we interviewed a young Jia Zhangke.

In late 90s and early 00s most of the sixth generation of Chinese directors movies were forbidden in China. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the “Sixth Generation” movement of Chinese cinema.

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Michelangelo Antonioni documentary on China
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Michelangelo Antonioni documentary on China: Chung Kuo – 1972

The documentary focuses primarily on the lives of contemporary working-class Chinese people.

A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the areas they were allowed to visit. The 220-minute version consists of three parts. The first part, taken around Beijing, includes a cotton factory, older sections of the city, and a clinic where a Cesarean operation is performed, using acupuncture. The middle part visits the Red Flag canal and a collective farm in Henan, as well as the old city of Suzhou. The final part shows the port and industries of Shanghai and ends with a stage presentation by Chinese acrobats. [Will Gilbert]

Antonioni's Chung Kuo

According to cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, this documentary was shot mostly handheld with an ‘Eclair NPR’ 16mm camera using available light. In 1972, during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Michelangelo Antonioni was invited by the People’s Republic of China to direct a documentary about New China. The result was a three-and-a-half-hour long film, divided into three parts. Mao disliked it so much that Michelangelo Antonioni was consequently charged with being anti-Chinese as well as counterrevolutionary. The movie was finally shown at Beijing’s Cinema Institute 30 years later.”

Recensione di Chung Kuo di Michelangelo Antonioni

propaganda posters for Chinese children
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41 Chinese Propaganda for Children

A unique collection of vintage propaganda posters directed to children. The images have an obvious meaning and were produced during the early Chinese Communist regime. … Read more

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