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China on Film

About the Show

The very first films of China present a surprising variety of daily life during the last decade of the Qing Dynasty in the 1900s. Post 1911, the films capture the great sweep of life in the Chinese Republic; foreign troops parading through Shanghai; the rise of Chiang Kai-shek; the birth of the Chinese Communist Party; the death of Dr Sun Yat-Sen. Often beautifully shot, all of life is here. Narrated by Christopher Doyle. Part 1 of 2.