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Michelangelo Antonioni


Chung Kuo - Cina

In this Antonioni documentary triptych he depicts life in 1970s China.

Image from China

Italy-France 1972
Dir Michelangelo Antonioni
Total runtime 217min + interval
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Invited to film in China, Antonioni made a documentary triptych depicting daily life in Beijing, rural Henan and Suzhou, and Shanghai – only to incur the wrath of Mao. This is a fascinating work, happier to observe than comment, revelling in faces, places, architecture and movement as it reveals an unfamiliar world – from Caesarean birth by acupuncture to agricultural collectives, monumental bridge-building to virtuoso plate-spinning.


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