Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (He Fengming)
He Fengming / Documentary / Mandarin
Director: Wang Bing
Exec Producers: K. Lihong, Louise Prince
Editor: Adam Kerby
Cast: He Fengming
#1 / Saturday 23 June, 2012 / 21:03 GMTDidn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. It is certainly an honest and uncompromising way of treating the subject matter (consisting as it does of more or less one long uncut monologue to camera, toilet breaks included) but at over three hours it is overlong and this I think lessens the impact of the story. He Fengming has undoubtedly had an incredible life, her story is well worth telling and she speaks eloquently, but she has a tendency to repeat herself and in my view a bit of judicious editing would have tightened the whole thing up and made for a more rewarding viewing experience. I agree that it is an extraordinary piece of oral history but that is not the same thing as a good film.
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