Gallery 1006 - Changchun Film Studios

The city of Changchun in northern China has long been home to extensive film studios. The choice was based on good sunshine records although as industrialisation grew smoke and other pollution must have had a significant impact on filming. For much of the period between 1945 and 1985 the film output was subject to strict political control with periods when film making was stopped completely especially during the Cultural Revolution. This visit coincided with production work on two contrasting features. The first was colourful and grand with a historical theme with audiences likely to be attracted by its lack of austerity in a period when most people still lived in a drab and monotonous environment. The second film had a story line based on Chaiman Mao's Long March and was heavy with politcal ideology and lacked a truthful view of historical events!

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