Spring in a Small Town
Dir: Fei Mu
Scr: Li Tianji
Cinematographer: Li Shengwei
Cast: Wei Wei, Shi Yu, Li Wei, Zhang Hongmei, Cui Chaoming
1948 / B&W / DCP / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 99min
In a small town devastated by the war, Zhou Yuwen and her sickly husband Dai Liyan struggle to maintain their quiet marriage. One day, Zhang Zhichen – Liyan’s old friend and Yuwen’s first love – arrives at their home for an unannounced visit. Like a rock landing on a quiet pond, Zhichen’s arrival causes ripples in the lives of these three tormented individuals. Narrated by Yuwen, the story depicts the silent inner turmoil of a woman whose feelings and logic are clearly at a clash. Told with measured pacing and effectively simple dialogue, Fei used this quiet melodrama as a way of reflecting the troubling uncertainty that faced China at one of the most tumultuous times in its history. This screening features the digital restored print of the film.
Screening Courtesy of the China Film Archive
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with William Cheung
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