How Yukong Moved the Mountains

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How Yukong Moved the Mountains
Directed byJoris Ivens, Marceline Loridan (supposed)
Release date
  • 10 March 1976 (1976-03-10) (Paris)
Running time
763 minutes
LanguageFrench, English
(Original narration: French)

How Yukong Moved the Mountains (French: Comment Yukong déplaça les montagnes) is a series of 12 documentary films about China directed by Joris Ivens. This film, whose title references the old Chinese story of an old man who moved the mountains (Yugong Yishan), deals with the last days of the Cultural Revolution. [2] Ivens and his partner Loridan worked on the film between 1972 and 1974, and it was finally released in France in 1976. At 763 min it is one of the longest films by running time. Each chapter is like a short film, focusing on a different part of the country.

  • 1. The Fishing Village
  • 2. A Barracks
  • 3. Training at the Peking Circus
  • 4. The Generator Factory
  • 5. The Ball
  • 6. Craftsmen
  • 7. Petroleum
  • 8. Impressions of a City
  • 9. Professor Tsien
  • 10. A Performance at the Peking Opera
  • 11. The Pharmacy
  • 12. A Woman, A Family

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  1. ^ Schoots, Hans (1 June 2000). Living dangerously: a biography of Joris Ivens. Amsterdam University Press. p. 328. ISBN 978-90-5356-388-5. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
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