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Chung Kuo

Alternative title
China
Synopsis
In 1972, during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Michelangelo Antonioni was invited by the People’s Republic of China to direct a documentary about the New China. His eight-week travels with a crew resulted in a three and a half hour film which presents a fascinating portrait of one of the world’s richest cultures, but also a film that did not find favour with its official sponsors, being rebuked by Mao himself, who denounced it as counter-revolutionary propaganda. Antonioni, true to his filmmaker’s instincts and despite polite intimidation from members of the Communist Party, had ventured to film not only the locales and occasions officially sanctioned, but also ventured to record what interested him personally, such as illegal marketplaces and elderly women with bound feet, and edited and framed shots to present what he saw as a more truthful representation of a revolution in crisis.
Language
Italian (Standard)
Country
Italy
Year of release
1972
Subjects
Social Studies; Film studies; Geography; History; Politics & government
Keywords
China; communism; Mao, Zedong

Credits

Director
Michelangelo Antonioni

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£7.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
208 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

Mr Bongo Films

Email
info@mrbongo.com
Web
http://www.mrbongo.com External site opens in new window
Phone
01273 600546
Fax
01273 600578
Address
2nd Floor
24 Old Steine
Brighton
BN1 1EL

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