Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring in a Small Town

Spring in a Small Town is a 1948 Chinese film. This film has gained increased respect and was remade as Springtime in a Small Town in 2002. The Hong Kong Film Awards has named it the best of the top 100 Chinese films. The entire hopeless tale is narrated by the wife and is sparely told. There is a lot of silence.

GoogleVideo has it online without subtitles here, and InternetArchive also has it without subtitles here. Youtube has it online in 9 parts with optional English subtitles here. part 1:

part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9

DVDTalk says,
Spring in a Small Town in many ways epitomizes what we have come to expect from Eastern storytelling. There is probably more here under the surface than there is out in the open. What the characters avoid saying is usually more important than what they actually do say.

The New York State Writers Institute has an article. The House Next Door has a review, as does 1001 Flicks

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