V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

LIAN AI YU YIWU

V' 05

LIAN AI YU YIWU

LOVE AND DUTY

Bu Wancang
VR China, 1931
152min, stumm/OmeU

LIAN AI YU YIWU

Bu Wancang
VR China, 1931
, 152min, stumm/OmeU

Actors: 
Ruan Lingyu
Yang Nai-fan und ihre Tochter
Jin Yan
Li Zuyi
Chen Yanyan
Pinger
Li Ying
Huang Daren
Screenplay: 
Zhu Xilin nach einer Vorlage von Horose
Camera: 
Huang Shaofen

Production: 
Lianhua Studio
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White
Kopie: Chinese Taipei Film Archive 4F, No. 7 Ching-Tao East Road Taipei, Taiwan T 2 2392 42 43 teresa.huang@mail.ctfa.org.tw

Love and Duty tells the story of a girl that marries through an arrangement made by her father. When the man she truly loves reappears they rekindle their stalled romance and she runs off with her true love. Love and Duty offers four roles to Ruan Lingyu: first shes a carefree young girl discovering love; then a society matron who leaves everything to elope with her lover; then, wearing a grey wig and glasses, an older, poverty-stricken seamstress; and finally her own daughter. Love and Duty was part of a collection of books and artifacts deposited in Genevas Chinese International Library in 1933. In 1950, Switzerland broke diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the collection was stored in Montevideos National Library, before being eventually shipped to Taiwan in 1993. The Chinese Taipei Film Archive made a 35mm negative out of the original nitrate print and several duplicate prints. In 1995, Love and Duty was, again, made available to international audiences, which was very much the original intentions of its makers. (Bérénice Reynaud)

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