It was 75 Years Ago... Celebrating Cathay's Anniversary
To look back at the films of Cathay is to look back at glory. Young men and women breaking into song and dance; newlyweds sharing sweet moments before and after fighting over disagreements
or overcoming tough turns of fate; songstresses and dancers frolicking on stage and bickering backstage... The stories on screen correspond to the emerging metropolitan life outside the theaters but also project a dream of bourgeois utopia, not quite reality yet but about to be attained. That it seems today a dream never fully realized only adds to Cathay's allure...
Cathay entered the film business in the 1930s, first operating theaters in Singapore and later producing films in Hong Kong in the 1950s, first with the satellite company International Films, then going into full blossom with the establishment of Motion Pictures and General Investments Film Co (MP & GI). Modeling after the highly effective system of Hollywood, MP & GI became one of the largest studios of Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s, producing both Mandarin and Cantonese films,with over 200 titles in its library.
2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the Cathay organization. The company had not only given us wonderful films and precious memories but is also a good friend of the Hong Kong Film Archive, helping us preserve our film heritage, cooperating graciously every time we need help, donating artifacts and, most significantly, depositing its entire library of films in our vaults. It is with great pleasure that we present this screening program and a small-scale exhibition to celebrate Cathay's 75 years of glorious enterprises.
Cathay's Mandarin Classics
The Cathay Films of Tso Kea