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Film Salon-Wuhan International Art film festival 武汉国际艺术电影展观影沙龙活动-末代皇帝
Area : No Limit
Venue : Tieji road subway station
Begin Date : Jan 21, 2017
End Date : Jan 21, 2017
Detail Time : 6-10pm
Free : Yes
Freq. : One-day event
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The Last Emperor, like Once Upon a Time in America, is an epic saga that delves, among various aspects, into the realm of Time and the ensuing effects it has on a human being and his culture as it passes through his lifetime. The Last Emperor of the Qing dynasty, Pu-Yi, was coronated in 1909 at the age of three and due to his youth ended up being a puppet to his adminstration. Bertolucci successfully shows us a young man who while understandably spoilt by many luxuries of monarchy, is in actuality a tender hearted, independent thinker (not doer) who is passionate about his homeland (Manchuria) and has a ravenous desire for experiencing life in the outside world. His caged lifestyle in the Forbidden City (Beijing) is definitely a major contributor to this mindset. From his infancy the director takes us through a chain of historical events that ultimately lead to Pu-Yi being an ordinary man (we know this from the beginning, however flashbacks explain his situation at the start). However, it is not the desired lifestyle that he sought as an Emperor in his youth.

The Last Emperor is breathtaking in its cinematography and Bertolucci's direction is impeccable. A lot of criticism was directed at his film '1900' (1976) due to its sheer length. The Last Emperor clocks in at 215 minutes (director's cut) and barring 10 minutes of a marriage related scene, it never lets up. Bertolucci seamlessly interweaves the flashbacks with Pu-Yi's situation in post-WWII China by providing us with a real life tragedy that epitomizes human weaknesses, vices, love and loyalty. Here is a film that is a true story but goes beyond mere narration or simple depiction - it is a three and a half hour, non-stop attention grasping journey through the spectrum of humanity that defines our lifetime through the eyes of an unfortunate soul who was a victim of circumstances like many are. Any questions that the viewer will have concerning an event in the plot will be immediately answered through the rich tapestry that Bertolucci shows when depicting Pu-Yi's imperial life.

On a technical note, the acting in this film is brilliant. John Lone deserved atleast an Oscar nomination for best actor due to his seamless portrayal of Pu-Yi. He makes his portrayal of a 21 - 60 year old Pu-Yi seem like an effortless act. Through his performance the audience feels an even greater compassion for the last emperor as we come across a man who despite all the hardships he endured was very compassionate and soft centered. The sheer down to earth nature of his character as a 55-60 year old who walks with a tired smile, forever accompanied by his loving brother, is a testament to Lone's ability to portray any age and move the audience.

Once again, it takes a Hailey's comet like event for the Academy to nominate someone from the eastern world (or non-British, non-American when it comes to best actor). The rest of the cast is also brilliant barring Ryuichi Sakamoto (who portrays the one-armed Masahiko Amakasu) who, for the most part, presents us with a classic display of Japanese overacting. Although I wouldn't call it overacting in a Kurasawa-esque/Japanese film environment, it becomes quite hilarious in a production such as this.

This apart, the film is brilliant. It is the last great epic (yes, Gladiator is very good, but is far from an epic in my mind) and somehow I hope it is rediscovered and re-appreciated as it once was back in the late eighties.

While the Oscars have always contrived to ignore the true best picture for most of the last two decades, here is an example of a best picture winner which beat the competition by miles.


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武汉国际艺术电影展


   武汉国际艺术电影展是第三届中国武汉电影产业交易博览会的主体活动之一,是由中国电影家协会、武汉市人民政府、中国文联电影艺术中心主办,中共武汉市委宣传部、中国电影家协会新媒体委员会、众象传媒、武汉时间国际英文网以及CECP承办,各国领事馆支持,将于2016年12月17号至23号在武汉举行。

   武汉国际艺术电影展旨在为艺术电影发展培育一丝土壤和环境,希望艺术电影能在众多类型影片中发挥相应的作用。积极引进国际优秀艺术电影和知名创作团队,在制作、推广、交易上有更深入的交流与合作。

   Wuhan International Cultural Film Festival 2016 is sponsored by China Film Association, Wuhan Municipal People's Government, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Film Center. It is organized by China Film Association New Media Committee, CECP, WuhanTime, and Multi-Vision.

   Wuhan International Cultural Film Festival 2016 is devoted to provide a platform for art films to develop and grow, hoping art films are able to play greater role among various genres of films. We hope to introduce excellent international art films and production teams into China.

你可以成为我们的大众选片评委,加入我们一起看遍最新五国艺术电影。本次影展共收到全球五个国家和七个地区69部作品。包括英国、美国、法国、德国、新加坡、黎巴嫩、中国、印度、叙利亚等国家和地区的影像作品,我们将在本月推出入围作品,并在每周末为大家提前放映,电影沙龙一睹为快。12月中旬将隆重推出五个国家日、包括英、法、美、韩、中五国,国家日上推出该国入围艺术电影,邀请制作团队现场分享,并有映后见面会如期而至。如果你是青年导演、制作人,请关注我们;如果你是爱好者,更要关注我们,努力打造华中艺术电影基地,一定有你没看过的一手片源。

You are welcome to join us to vote and enjoy the latest art films of five countries. We have accepted 69 submissions in total. All the competitors come from five countries and seven regions like England, France, Singapore, Lebanon and Syria etc.. The shortlisted workings will be announced in this month and screened on weekends in advance. In the middle of December, the shortlisted films targeting England, France, America,Korea and China will be shown and the corresponding production teams will share something special with us. We are dedicated to creating an excellent base camp for art films in Central China. Either you are a youth director or a film fan, if you don’t want to miss out the audio-visual feast, please pay close attention to us.

电影展志愿者正在招募中。欢迎加入我们的队伍!报名方式:发送包含个人简介的消息至本微信即可。

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