Michelangelo Antonioni: Chung Kuo/Kingdom of the Middle

In 1972, during the Cultural Revolution, the Italian director/filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni was invited by the People’s Republic of China to make a documentary about New China. The result was a three-and-a-half-hour long film, divided into three parts. Mao disliked it so much that Michelangelo Antonioni was consequently charged with being anti-Chinese as well as counterrevolutionary. The movie was finally shown at Beijing’s Cinema Institute 30 years later.

The following fragment shows Beijing, China’s capital, including the main shopping district Wang Fu Jing, Temple of Heaven, and more faces and places.


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