Crows and Sparrows 乌鸦与麻雀 (1949)
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Start at 6:00 PM
Members: FREE(Become a Member Now!); Non-Members: $5
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
We are proud to launch The Film Society at China Institute, a series of programs for Sinophiles and Cinephiles to join us in exploring the diverse and dynamic world of Chinese film! We open with a series of two films, Myriads of Lights (万家灯火) and Crows and Sparrows (乌鸦与麻雀).
In the late 1940s, on the eve of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, two brave directors cut through the chaos of China’s civil war to make sense of Chinese society using the developing medium of film. Seven decades later, China Institute is opening its archives to present a pair of classic works from this “second generation” of Chinese filmmakers, who are credited with transforming Chinese cinema from the era of silent films, into a new golden age of sound.
2. Crows and Sparrows 乌鸦与麻雀 (1949)
At the twilight of the second Civil War, a corrupt Nationalist (KMT) official, Hou Yibo, forcibly takes over an apartment building from its original owner, Kong Youwen. As the defeat of the KMT is about to take place, Hou attempts to sell off the property to profit one last time before he escapes to Taiwan. His tenants, including Mr. Kong, Mrs. Xiao, Little Broadcast and Mr. Hua and his wife, have to find ways to avoid being thrown onto the street. Acclaimed as a classic realism film made at the end of the turbulent 40s, Crows and Sparrows presents an ever-growing zeal in the general public for a new era and new society.
This film is black and white, and is in Chinese with English subtitles.