Darkness and Light

Shadow Magic

With the Olympics happening in Beijing this year, what better time to learn a little about its cultural past? Shadow Magic, an independent Chinese film about the history of motion pictures in China, is screening at the Bowers Museum. Set in Beijing at the start of the 20th century, the plot of the film concerns the love story between Liu, a young man who wants to make movies, and Ling, star of Beijing’s opera and daughter of a powerful lord. This film, inspired by a true story, explores the difficulties of cultural and technological change in early 20th century China.
Wed., Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m., 2008