12 Windows: encountering culture through film, presents “Farewell my Concubine” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, in the Sanford Room. The film was chosen and will be introduced by David Ost, professor of political science. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow.
“Farewell my Concubine” is two films at once: an epic spanning a half century of modern Chinese history, and a melodrama about life backstage at the famed Peking Opera. The film opens on a setting worthy of Dickens, as two young orphan boys are inducted into the Peking Opera's harsh, perfectionist training academy. The physical and mental hardships are barely endurable, but they produce, after years, classical performers who are exquisitely trained for their roles. Viewers meet the delicate young Douzi, who is assigned to the transvestite role of the concubine in a famous traditional opera, and the more masculine Shitou who will play the king. Throughout their lives they will be locked into these roles onstage, while their personal relationship somehow survives the upheavals of World War II, the communist takeover of China and the Cultural Revolution.
For more information about this Partnership for Global Education film series, please visit the PGE 12 Windows Web site.