Over the last few weeks, my wife has managed to reserve the large seminar room on the first floor of her building on Friday evenings at 7 PM to show Mao Era Chinese movies. It has been a hit amongst not only her students but students from other labs. Even a couple of the doormen started to show up regularly.
I finally made it to the fourth movie,
Here’s a link to the closing sequence of “Youth in Battle” (the actual sequence starts at 1:29 in the clip, after the opening credits of the movie)
After the movie, as I walked back upstairs, I was affectionately taunted by my wife and her students with the main movie theme which was this song sang at the camp fire scene in the following clip:
Miscellany and Afterthoughts: In 2004, a tribute to Chinese movies produced by Cui YongYuan, “The Story of Movie” 电影传奇started its 5 year run on CCTV (2005 being the nominal centennial of Chinese movie industry). Cui, whose love for motion pictures came through in each episode, guided the audience through over 100 classic Chinese movies. In each episode, there were interviews and reminiscences of the director, actors and various others related to the headlined movie, interspersed with actual clip and new re-enactments of major scenes (acted out by Cui himself and various others).
My wife showed the corresponding episode of “The Story of Movie” after each screening to give the students some context.
A couple of weeks ago, there’s a rumor that a new “Story of Movie” produced by Cui is now in the planning stages.In any case, the next movie on Movie Night will be “Five Golden Flowers”
And, finally, a Happy Holidays to Everyone!
Corrigendum (12/26/10). In the Dec. 24th posting, I incorrectly wrote squad when I should have written platoon. Thanks to JM for the correction.