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"Reading with Curators" Talk Series
Pages and Celluloid: Books on Early Cinema
Entering the digital age today, it is inconceivable for the audience to imagine how popular the silent movie once was. During our third session of the talk series, "Pages and Celluloid: Books on Early Cinema, the guest speakers will share with you two interesting publications, Chinese Cinema: Tracing the Origins and Zhu Shilin: A Filmmaker of His Times, and guide you to explore the evolution of Chinese motion pictures and look into the impact of Zhu Shilin, one of the most influential Chinese filmmakers, onto the development of Chinese cinema. You will also be able to get a taste of cinema experience of the early days by watching the screening of the silent film, Views of Hong Kong (1936), and the demonstration by silent film accompanist Ernesto Maurice Corpus at the talk.
Reconstructing the history of Chinese cinema requires the endeavours from academics and researchers and the cooperation of film archives from different regions. Rooted in historical data and materials, the Chinese Cinema: Tracing the Origins attempts to depict a vivid picture of Chinese motion pictures in its early days and ponder on its artistic expression and conceptual development during this stage. On the other hand, the passionate filmmaker Zhu Shilin, who walked through different stages of Chinese cinema, from silent movie to sound movie era and different periods before and after the WWII, produced a number of excellent works. Zhu's film career spanning more than 30 years gives the audience a glimpse of the historical development of Chinese cinema and Hong Kong cinema as well before the 1960s.
Nov 27 (Sat)
3pm - 4pm
Hong Kong Film Archive (Quota: 70 persons; no registration required; interested parties are advised to queue up for admission at the entrance of the Cinema 30 minutes before the talk commences; first come, first served)
*In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, special admission arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented for the venue. Please pay attention to the latest announcement in the websites of the related venues.