Michelangelo Antonioni (left) in Tiananmen Square during the making of Chung Kuo, Cina (1972).

Chung Kuo, revisited: how Antonioni’s 1972 documentary on communist China was unfairly attacked – and finally vindicated

  • The Italian director was invited by the Chinese government in 1972 to make a film singing the praises of the communist revolution
  • His film was banned in China for 40 years and is the subject of a new Chinese documentary, Seeking Chung Kuo, that talked to people from the original film
Topic |   Asian cinema

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Michelangelo Antonioni (left) in Tiananmen Square during the making of Chung Kuo, Cina (1972).
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.