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    Yellow Earth at the Harvard Film Archive

    Presented by at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    April 27, 2009


    Yellow Earth at the Harvard Film Archive

    Set in the vast landscape of the austere and grand loess of northwestern China, Yellow Earth's story of an army "art worker" in search of rural folksongs provides the framework for the quasi-ethnographic observations and cultural-historical reflections that are the true heart of the film. The use of a stationary camera and natural lighting, the deft orchestration of a limited color palette with the textures of the costumes and rural topography of the loess, animated by hauntingly soulful songs, all combine to suggest that Chen and his collaborators have chosen to deploy elements of classical Chinese aesthetics in the service of a cinematic modernism. In retrospect, the film heralds not only the Fifth Generation but also the new wave of contemporary Chinese art. Directed by Chen Kaige. With Wang Xueyin, Bai Xue, Liu Qiang China 1984, 35mm, color, 89 min. Chinese with English subtitles

    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    24 Quincy Street, Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    $8 General Admission, $6 Non-Harvard students, Harvard faculty and staff, seniors No advance tickets. Tickets are available at the HFA box office 45 minutes prior to show time.

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