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Watching Movie newlight on 24 Feb 2007 02:04 pm

Spring in a (not so) Small Town

I’m very proud of the fact that I had watched Fei Mu‘s 1948 masterpiece Spring in a Small Town (小城之春) in cinema. I can’t help keeping telling my friends at every opportunity that how I watched it with excitement, how I love this film and how I fell for the leading actress instantly. My friends probably have been tired of my bragging, half of them having no faintest idea what I talked about.

Fei Mu's 1948 Spring in a Small Town
I watched Spring in a Small Town Hong Kong, during a retrospective of Fei Mu’s work held in Hong Kong Arts Centre in mid-90s. That was a rare event, because this movie disappeared from the public sight after initial release in Shanghai and was only re-discovered in 80′s, which makes it extremely difficult to locate a copy. The copy I watched was in excellent condition though. After the screening,
I approached Fei Ming Yi, the master’s daughter and one of the organisers of the retrospective, asking her where she got the copy. She said she borrowed it from Beijing Film Archive and, certainly used her influence to get the deal, had to ‘garantee the return on my life’. Afterwards, I always take it as a badget of honour as being in that cosy small theatre that evening.

Cinema China 07 in Edinburgh

There have since been VCDs and DVDs of the movie available. But nothing compares with impact of watching the film on big screen. This film is made for cinema, although it tells a story only involves five characters in a small town.
It has now been regarded as one of the best Chinese films ever made, an excellent and innovative fusion of Chinese literal and opera tradition and western cinema language.

So you can imagine my surprise and delight to see Spring in a Small Town features in the programmes of Chinese Cinema 07 organisied by Edinburgh Unversity and Filmhouse cinema. Claimed to be ‘UK’s the biggest ever festival of Chinese film’, it will show about 30 Chinese films from 1940′s to the latest – a preview of Zhang Yimou‘s Curse of the Golden Flower, not mention the presence of Maggie Cheung. For those 1940′s films though, such as Ruan Lingyu‘s Goddess (with a specially-commissioned musical accompaniment conducted by my friend Kimho Ip), Crows and Sparrows, and Spring in a Small Town, this is indeed a chance not to miss. So cancel your another engagement, travel by air, land and sea, and come to Edinburgh in the spring.

Cinema China 07

9 Responses to “Spring in a (not so) Small Town”

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  2. on 25 Feb 2007 at 19:39 2.中文电影资料库博客 » Blog Archive » 小城之春来到爱丁堡 said …

    [...] 在电影院里看过费穆的《小城之春》,一向是我引以自豪的事。一方面是我认为不少电影,需要在电影院看才能最好地享受。并不是因为大场面或者声光电,而是因为电影为大银幕而拍,必须在漆黑的电影院看。我相信能在电影院中看到这部电影,是我对它印象深刻的一个原因。另一方面,《小城之春》的拷贝如此珍贵,有幸看过,好像是加入了一个秘密的俱乐部,以后可以到处宣扬。 [...]

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