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Ancient Chinese, The

Alternative Title: Ancient Chinese: An Introduction, The

Series Title: N/A


Presents highlights of Chinese history, focusing on major dynasties. Relates eminent achievements of each period to the present. Tells of the influence of ancient Chinese tradition on contemporary Chinese life-styles. Winner of the Chris Award. (NYPL catalog)


Edited Film

Country/Location: China

Tribe or Group: N/A

Producer: Julien Bryan

Director: Philip Stapp

Production Company: IFF

Additional Production: Animation and Written by Philip Stapp

Running Time: 24 min.

Years Filmed: Assorted

Decade Produced: 1970s (edited)

Years Distributed: -1974

Film Gauge: 35mm, 16mm

Stock: Color Safety, B&W Nitrate

Footage Count: 869'

Notes: Relies heavily on animation because no filmmaking was allowed in China at the time. Contains live footage from Julien Bryan (1930s), footage purchased from filmmakers and footage of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Julien's B&W footage of China in the 1930's was reduced from the original 35mm nitrate. Finished after Julien Bryan passed away and does not have his name in opening credits. Available in French. Made with consultation from Met employees Maxwell Hearne and Marilyn Fu.

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