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US Premiere Screening of “lost” classic Chinese film <i>Confucius</i>

The China Institute SINOMATHÈQUE Film Series presents US Premiere Screening of Confucius Saturday, February 27, 2010 Two showings: 5 pm and 7 pm

Confucius (96 min., FEI Mu, 1940, B&W, Digital Beta, Mandarin Chinese & English Subtitles)

In collaboration with the Hong Kong Film Archive, China Institute is proud to present master director FEI Mu’s film classic Confucius (1940), an early 20th century portrayal of Confucius’ thought and life. Directed by Fei Mu (1906 –1951), the leading filmmaker of Chinese left-wing cinema movement prior to China’s pre-Communist era, Confucius was premiered in Shanghai and later shown across China from the end of 1940 through 1941. It was presumed lost following its brief re-run in 1948 until the Hong Kong Film Archive received a film negative of Confucius donated by an anonymous collector in 2001. With the help of the experts from the renowned film restoration and conservation workshop L‘Immagine Ritrovata of Italy and extensive research by local scholars, the Hong Kong Film Archive released the film during the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2009.

China Institute will feature two showings of the film on Saturday, February 27, 2010, at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The 7:00 pm screening will include a talk given by Dr. Weihong Bao, assistant professor of Chinese Film and Media Culture at Columbia University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. An open discussion will follow the film.

ADMISSION: $15 for members / $20 for non-members Please visit for tickets. The screening of Confucius is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, please contact


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