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Big screen classics

Spring in a Small Town

Xiao Cheng zhi Chun

One of the greatest of all Chinese films, back on the big screen for a limited time.

Image from Spring in a Small Town

China 1948
Dir Fei Mu
With Wei Wei, Shi Yu, Li Wei
97min
Digital
Mandarin with EST
Certificate U

One of the greatest of all Chinese films, Fei’s dissection of an already troubled relationship rocked by the visit, after many years, of the husband’s best friend – who, it turns out, was the wife’s lover before she married – makes supremely eloquent use of the couple’s home (complete with courtyard) and a landscape ravaged by years of war. The erotic tension is superbly sustained.

Also available on BFI Player.

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