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The Red Detachment of Women

The Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Museums present a screening of The Red Detachment of Women (1970).

November 11, 2012 2:00pm to 12:00am

The tumultuous Cultural Revolution (1966–76), remembered now as a dark period of political violence in China, also saw the creation of spectacular works of art known as yangbanxi (revolutionary model dramas). Drawing upon Chinese opera, novels, and films; Western symphonic music; and even ballet, yangbanxi defined the culture of the Cultural Revolution. In this iconic 1970 ballet film, the heroine, Wu Qinghua, escapes from an evil landlord and becomes the leader of a women’s militia—guided all the while by a dashing Communist Party cadre. Description by Robert Chi. (Dir.: Fu Jie and Pan Wenzhan, 1970, 105 min., Mandarin with English subtitles)

This screening commemorates the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China. A panel discussion follows. Check back for a full list of panelists.

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