UCLA Film & Television Archive, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and UCLA Confucius Institute present

A Century of Chinese Cinema

Yellow Earth
October 11, 2013 -
December 13, 2013
In-person: 
Robert Chi (10/11).

Read the Los Angeles Times article on the series.

The Archive is pleased to present this landmark program, adapted from its recent premiere showing at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.  Uniting archival materials from the collections of the China Film Archive (Beijing), the Hong Kong Film Archive and the Chinese Taipei Film Archive in the first ever such collaboration between those organizations, this series offers audiences a chance to consider what unites and separates the highly connected cinematic traditions of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  This edition in Los Angeles pays special attention to firsts, founding documents and works that helped define and direct historic movements.  While acknowledging the political specificity of the three major production centers, their distinctive achievements and their respective interactions with other world cinema traditions (be they Soviet, Japanese or European, to cite a few examples), these various “Chinese” cinemas share significant aesthetic, cultural and philosophical underpinnings, and often, personnel, capital, and other resources.  Thus, the series’ title may be seen as defining an area of theoretical inquiry into the historical dialogue between these cinemas, and their interdependency as points of comparison, particularly in later years.  Such a modest sampling of such an enormous cinematic edifice can only be seen as preliminary, but the series endeavors to encourage such future explorations of the idea of a Chinese cinema. 

FREE Admission on Sunday, December 8!

Note:  Curated by Noah Cowan, artistic director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and organized by TIFF, in collaboration with China Film Archive (Beijing), Hong Kong Film Archive and Chinese Taipei Film Archive.  Presented in association with Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.  Organized for UCLA Film & Television Archive by Shannon Kelley.  Program notes are adapted from notes that accompanied the program at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Special thanks to: Noah Cowan, Samuel LaFrance, TIFF Bell Lightbox; Yanrong Tan, China Film Archive; Wendy Hau, Hong Kong Film Archive; Teresa Huang, Chinese Taipei Film Archive.

Thanks to: Robert Chi, Susan Pertel Jain, Zhao Jing, Chen Mei.

Past Programs & Events

Image Title Date and Time Location Buy Tickets
Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Comrades: Almost a Love Story (Hong Kong, 1996); In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong, 2000) December 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A City of Sadness (Taiwan, 1989) A City of Sadness (Taiwan, 1989) December 8, 2013 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Wong Fei-Hung: The Whip That Smacks the Candle (1949) Wong Fei-Hung: The Whip That Smacks the Candle (Hong Kong, 1949); The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (Hong Kong, 1967) December 6, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The Peach Blossom Land (1992) The Peach Blossom Land (Taiwan, 1992) November 25, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
China Behind (1974) The Arch (Hong Kong, 1970); China Behind (Hong Kong, 1974) November 22, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Yellow Earth (Mainland China, 1984) Yellow Earth (Mainland China, 1984); Red Sorghum (Mainland China, 1987) November 15, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The East is Red (Mainland China, 1965) The East is Red (Mainland China, 1965); Red Detachment of Women (Mainland China, 1961) November 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
This Life of Mine (1950) This Life of Mine (Mainland China, 1950); Shangrao Concentration Camp (Mainland China, 1951) November 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
New Year's Sacrifice (1956) New Year's Sacrifice (Mainland China, 1956); Sacrificed Youth (Mainland China, 1985) November 2, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Street Angel (China, 1937) Street Angel (China, 1937); Song at Midnight (China, 1937) October 27, 2013 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The Goddess (1934) The Goddess (China, 1934); New Women (China, 1935) October 26, 2013 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Li Shuangshuang (Mainland China, 1962) Li Shuangshuang (Mainland China, 1962); Unfinished Comedy (Mainland China, 1957) October 24, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Spring Silkworms (1933) Spring Silkworms (1933); The Big Road (1935) October 20, 2013 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Red Heroine (1929) Red Heroine (China, 1929) October 12, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Spring in a Small Town (China, 1948) Spring in a Small Town (China, 1948) October 11, 2013 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater