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Friday, 10 September 2010

Film: 'The East Is Red'

For anyone interested in Chinese revolutionary film, 'The East Is Red' is a must-see. Released in 1965, the production tells the story of the Chinese revolution from the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 to the defeat of the 'Chiang Dynasty' (i.e. Chiang Kai-shek) and the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

The film is available in its entirety on Youtube (courtesy of user richien), and is worthy of a look (the first part is embedded below). Not only is it a classic demonstration of propaganda at work, but 'The East Is Red' also gives a good indication of what the official attitude to the history of the revolution was in1964, on the eve of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

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