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Old China

Look closely into the Willow pattern for a timeless tale of tragic love.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1939 9 mins Silent

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Tales of doomed and thwarted love are timeless, and this intriguing short film relates a story set in Imperial China. Told to a young couple planning their wedding and marital home, they - and we - learn the tragic tale of Koong-Shee and Chang, her father's servant, as revealed in the traditional pattern on a Willow pattern plate. George Wain, one of the filmmakers, plays the role of the fiancé.