Film Screenings

Laugh, Clown, Laugh

Laugh, Clown, Laugh

Dir: Li Pingqian
Scr: Zhou Ran
Cast: Bao Fong, Shek Hwei, Wong Oi-ming, Kung Chiu-hsia
1960 / B&W / D Beta / Mandarin (revised) / Chi & Eng subtitles / 103min

There is often sadness to the best of comedians, for what makes us laugh almost always connects to what makes us cry. Laugh, Clown, Laugh is one of Mandarin cinema's best comedies, largely because it tells a very sad story. Bao Fong, in a career-defining performance, plays a bank clerk who loves being funny and when he finds himself unemployed, makes a living performing comedy, much to the shame of his family. Made by the left-wing company Great Wall, the film effectively sets the story against a backdrop of social prejudice and class injustice, making the laughter all the more poignant and the sadness connected with it all the more powerful.
Date Time Location
* 9/8/2015(Sun) 7:00pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
27/9/2015(Sun) 2:00pm Broadway Cinematheque
3/10/2015(Sat) 4:00pm Cine-Art House

* Post-screening talk with Eric Tsang

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