Chung Kuo - Cina
In this Antonioni documentary triptych he depicts life in 1970s China.
Dir Michelangelo Antonioni
Total runtime 217min + interval
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.