A String of Pearls (Yichuan Zhenzhu)

Saturday, 21 Mar 20 at 16:00 PM
£10/£8 conc
£10/£8 conc
One of the earliest surviving Chinese features, and based on Guy de Maupassant's short story The Necklace.

A social climbing, middle-class housewife cajoles her husband into borrowing an expensive necklace to wear at a party. Her ostentatious display succeeds in making a big impression but, on the night of the party, the necklace is stolen and her husband ends up embezzling funds to pay for the loss, triggering a downward spiral in their fortunes. Boasting some surprisingly lovely cinematic touches, and moody lighting, the film also offers a fascinating look at rich, Westernized life in 1920s Shanghai.

Dir. Li Zeyauan | China | 1926 | N/C U | 1h 46 + short accompanied by Mike Nolan
With: Lei Xiadian, Liu Hanjun, Liu Jiqun, Zhai Qiqi, Xing Shaomi Huang Zhihuai
Performing live: John Sweeney (piano)
Screening materials courtesy of the China Film Archive
Supported by the Confucius Institute of Scotland

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