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A Stilted City. Chungking. China
A Stilted City. Chungking. China

A Stilted City. Chungking. China 1930

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A Stilted City. Chungking. China 1930

1 mins United Kingdom

In a film of many contrasts, the precarious dwellings which jut out of the mountainside in this vertical city seem somehow futuristic and ancient at the same time. Those who make a hard living on these steep steps also seem a world away from the Western navy men who are carried on their backs. The jokey intertitles offer a further disparity in making the scenes entertainment for cinema audiences.

Chongqing (then Chungking) is today almost unrecognisable from the ancient city seen in this film, though the mighty Yangtze river remains an unchanging feature of life in one of China's major municipalities.

Genres

Travelogue

Tags

Chongqing Yangtse River

Collection

Somewhere in China China on Film

Released

1930

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

British Screen Productions

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