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China Yellow, China Blue Part I: The Time of Troubles Part II: The People’s Republic of China

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DIRECTED BY AHMED LALLEM
FIRST RUN/ICARUS FILMS
153 WAVERLY PLACE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10014, 1998
52 MINUTES EACH

There is one reason and only one reason to use this film: the extraordinary film footage that it contains. Relying almost exclusively on documentary films and official newsreels, filmmaker Ahmed Lallem, with co-production support from France 3 and Pdj Films, chronicled one hundred years of modern Chinese history. Rather than using talking heads, stills, or film clips, this two-part film is a compilation of movie images of the century, which lends it a particularly powerful immediacy and demonstrates the tremendous impact of witnessing historical figures moving in real time.