Yang Ban Xi--The Eight Model Works--Under Mao's Red Sun Film Series

Yang Ban Xi--The Eight Model Works--Under Mao's Red Sun Film Series

Poster of "Red Detachment of Women," a model work.

Yang Ban Xi were propaganda model plays created under the leadership of Mao's wife Jiang Qing. Stunning Beijing opera motifs, virtuosic ballet sequences, and Western orchestral music combine to create spectacles that glorify peasants, soldiers, and the Party. During the Cultural Revolution, these plays and their vividly-colored widescreen film adaptations were the only ones audiences could see. This documentary includes footage of these sensational films as well as interviews with stars made famous by them. The memory of the Yang Ban Xi brings forth both distress and a sense of nostalgia. (In English and Chinese with English subtitles.)

Event Details

19 September 2008
3:00pm - 4:45pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$7 members/seniors/students; $11 non-members