The course charted by Michelangelo Antonioni in Chung Kuo China presents unforgettable glimpses of one of the world’s richest cultures. Although he visits familiar sights, the film’s focus is fixed towards the people themselves. From major cities like Peking and Shanghai to the Henan province, people struggle amidst poverty and hardship to sustain the collective revolutionary spirit that liberated them. Chung Kuo China is an indelible time capsule of the aftermath of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, the defining event of Modern China.
While well received in the West, the film did not find its intended Chinese audience until its 2004 screening at the Beijing Cinema Institute. Formerly languishing as a prized object in cinema archives, Chung Kuo China’s vision achieves greater resonance in the 21st Century than the time of its release.
"Among Antonioni’s finest documentary achievements" - A History of Narrative Film
Credits: Directed & narrated by Michelangelo Antonioni
Technical: PAL multi-region DVD 9 (Dual Layer) / Colour / Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 / Running Time 208 minutes / Stereo 2.0 / Italian with English subtitles / MRBDVD044
Licensed from RAI Radio Television Italiana.