A City of Sadness
Winner of the Golden Lion in Venice in 1989,A City of Sadnessintroduced Western audiences to the richness of New Taiwanese Cinema. Its director, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, is now recognized as one of the most profoundly original auteurs in contemporary cinema.A City of Sadnessrevisits a painful episode in recent Taiwanese history, creating an elliptical and impressionistic picture of Chiang Kai-shek's take-over of the island after the defeat of his Kuomintang army by Mao Zedong. Taiwan's politics and the suffering of its inhabitants are invoked by Hou in the story of an extended family of four brothers. The first Taiwanese film shot in direct sound,A City of Sadnessechoes the forgotten voices of ordinary people facing political repression.
Bérénice Reynaud deciphers the complex social and historical threads that come together in the film while analyzing its aesthetics in the context of Hou's entire career.
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