Labor Goes to the Movies -- The World

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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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TheWorld.jpgThe World (Jia Zhangke, China, 2004). A real theme park outside Beijing offers visitors an opportunity to visit scale models of iconic buildings from throughout the world, including the Taj Majal, the Eiffel Tower, and…the World Trade Center. As planes fly overhead, the park’s workers, many from the Chinese countryside, scurry from one cultural pavilion to another, donning costumes for Indian dances and other foreign spectacles. Amidst this multi-cultural sampling collage, the director animates the text messaging of the young internal immigrants as they seek to find their own moorings in the alien world of the booming and bewildering Chinese metropolis. “Jia, with his choreographed wide-screen long takes in long shot, may be the best cinematic composer of 'figures in landscapes since Michelangelo Antonioni,” said Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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