Sunday, September 29, 2013

Street Angel (1937)

WHO: Yuan Muzhi wrote and directed this.

WHAT: I haven't seen this frequently-hailed landmark of 1930s Chinese cinema, but have been wanting to at least since Andrew Grant a.k.a. Filmbrain wrote an enticing review of it.

WHERE/WHEN: Tonight only at the Pacific Film Archive at 5:30.

WHY: The last two films in Yang Fudong's Cinematic Influences look at cinema made in Yang's adopted city of Shanghai, including Street Angel from the 1930s when it was the greatest center of Chinese-language filmmaking, and Suzhou River, from the city's resurgence.

Other cities that have made an argument for being the international capital of great Chinese-languge filmmaking at various points in time include Hong Kong and Taipei. Both of them are highlighted at upcoming San Francisco Film Society-presented showcases this fall: Hong Kong Cinema next weekend and Taiwan Film Days this fall.

HOW: Screens as a 35mm print imported from the China Film Archive.

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