Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Film Wish List: HOW YUKONG MOVED THE MOUNTAINS (1976, Joris Ivens + Marceline Loridan).

The film is only 763 minutes long or 12 hours 43 minutes long. Highly recommended for those who saw OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE (1971, Jacques Rivette, 729 min) at Reading Room in 2011, or those who saw EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY (2004, Lav Diaz, 647 min) at Conference of Birds Gallery in 2009. Hahaha.

" “'We are told that once upon a time there was an old man called Yukong ... He decided to carry away, with the help of his sons, two great mountains which blocked the access to his house, by means of a pick. Another old man ... burst out laughing and said to them: ‘You will never be able to move those mountains all by yourself.’

Yukong answered him, ‘When I die, there will be my sons ... In this way the generations will come after each without end ... With each blow of the pick, they will get that much smaller ... Why then won't we be able to flatten them?’

Heaven was moved by this and sent down to earth two celestial genies who carried away the mountains on their backs. Our heaven is none other than the masses of the Chinese people.”"

There is a book about Joris Ivens at Thammasat University Library.

Filmsick wrote about THE 400 MILLIONS (1953, Joris Ivens) here

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