(Chen Kaige, 1993, China/Hong Kong, 171 minutes)
A sensation upon its 1993 release, grossing over $5 million in the U.S. box office, winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and being nominated for two Oscars besides, Farewell My Concubine has a complicated history. Not as complicated as the one it depicts—the film follows two Peking Opera stars, feminine Douzi (Leslie Cheung) and relatively masculine Shitou (Zhang Fengyi), across 50+ years of political change in China, from the Warlord era to the Cultural Revolution. The film was first released in a truncated form in America, and after being banned in China shortly after its initial release, it returned there only in another abbreviated version. Here we are pleased to present Farewell My Concubine in its unexpurgated form.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.
With an introduction and post-film discussion by Dr. Ying Xiao, Associate Professor of Chinese Film and Media at the University of Florida.
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Webster University.
Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
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