A Golden Age of Chinese Cinema, 1947–52

September 30–October 21, 2017

Rare films imported from the China Film Archive reveal an exceptionally fertile period in the nation’s cinema history.

  • Spring in a Small Town

  • Long Live the Missus

  • The Life of Wuxun

  • Suspicion

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Past Films

  • Window to America

    • Saturday, October 21 6:30 PM
    Huang Zuolin, Shi Hui, Ye Ming
    China, 1952

    Digital Restoration

    A New York City businessman hopes to market a suicidal window washer’s grief to the highest bidder in this acidic Korean War–era satire on American capitalism, played entirely by Chinese actors in whiteface.

  • Suspicion

    • Saturday, October 14 8 PM
    Xu Changlin
    China, 1948

    A war-veteran husband and his wife are slowly consumed with distrust in Xu Changlin’s fascinating hybrid of noir thriller and melodrama.

    Introduction by Weihong Bao

  • Quest for a Long-Lost Husband

    • Friday, October 13 7 PM
    Tan Youliu
    Hong Kong, 1950

    Digital Restoration

    A fascinating glimpse of the Chinese diaspora across southeast Asia, this Hong Kong production follows a wayward husband through Southern China and Thailand, and tracks the travails of the wife he leaves behind.

    Introduction by Yingjin Zhang

  • Long Live the Missus

    • Thursday, October 12 7 PM
    Sang Hu
    China, 1947

    Digital Restoration

    One of China’s most revered writers, the renowned Eileen Chang (Lust, Caution), wrote the screenplay for this enchanting, eye-opening look at family dynamics, sexual politics, and fabulous fashions in a thoroughly modern China.

    Introduction by Paul Fonoroff

  • Bright Day

    • Saturday, October 7 7:30 PM
    Cao Yu
    China, 1948

    Digital Restoration

    The great Chinese star Shi Hui stars as an energetic lawyer fighting for the good of his neighbors in this stirring, almost Capra-esque drama from Cao Yu, one of China’s most important twentieth-century playwrights.

  • The Life of Wuxun

    • Sunday, October 1 2:30 PM
    Sun Yu
    China, 1948

    Digital Restoration

    Notorious as the first film banned by Mao and the PRC, The Life of Wuxun tells the real-life story of a Qing dynasty–era peasant who devoted his life to free education for all.

  • Spring in a Small Town

    • Saturday, September 30 8 PM
    Fei Mu
    China, 1948

    Digital Restoration

    With a visual panache often compared to Ophuls, Antonioni, and Welles, Fei Mu’s 1948 gem possesses a melancholy beauty all its own. Voted the best Chinese film of all time in a Chinese critics’ poll.

    Introduction by Andrew F. Jones