Wednesday, April 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
“Chung Kuo-Cina”: A Documentary by Michelangelo Antonioni
Barrick Museum Auditorium
Professors Giuseppe Natale and Ying Bao, Department of Foreign Languages, UNLV
In 1972 the Chinese government asked director Michelangelo Antonioni to make a documentary on the ancient “Middle Kingdom,” then being transformed by a proletarian revolution. The result was the 3 and 1/2 hour film “Chung Kuo-Cina,” more concerned to observe everyday life than to describe political institutions. Antonioni’s China, so distant from Maoist iconography, angered Chinese authorities, who censored it as reactionary propaganda. The film was not publicly screened in China until 2004. Its belated appearance led to a national discussion about the relations of art and politics as well as the objectivity of the cinematic camera. The speakers will present an illustrated review of its reception in both Italy and China.
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