LABORER'S LOVE 劳工之爱情
Mingxing Film Company. DIR: Zhang Sichuan. SCR: Zheng Zhengqiu. CINE: Zhang Weitao. CAST: Zheng Zhegu, Yu Ying, Zheng Zhengqiu.
Although virtually all of early Chinese cinema has been destroyed, what remains offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative crucible of 1920s Shanghai. Laborer's Love, written by Zheng Zhengqiu and directed Zhang Sichuan---both of them regarded as founding fathers of the First Generation of Chinese cinema---is a synthesis of Harold Lloyd-like silent comedy and the May 4th literature then in fashion. While the film's charming story of a soft-hearted carpenter turned fruit peddler trying to impress his future father-in-law does not much seem like a call to class warfare, the pointed references to urban corruption and the character of a happily liberated young woman anticipate the progressive impulse in much Chinese cinema to come.
35mm, b/w, silent with English intertitles, 30 min.
Proceeded by: RED HEROINE
UCLA Film & Television Archive
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