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A Tale of the Wind (1988)

Une histoire de vent (original title)
An elderly, asthmatic filmmaker travels to China, hoping to film the wind.

Director:

Joris Ivens

Writers:

Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan Ivens (as Marceline Loridan)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joris Ivens ... Himself
Henxiang Han Henxiang Han
Zhuang Liu Zhuang Liu
Delong Wang Delong Wang
Hong Wang Hong Wang
Dalin Fu Dalin Fu
Guilian Liu Guilian Liu
Zhijian Chen Zhijian Chen
Qiaoyu Zou Qiaoyu Zou
Paul Sergent Paul Sergent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hongyu Liu Hongyu Liu ... Herself
Marceline Loridan Ivens Marceline Loridan Ivens ... Herself
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Storyline

This film travels through fantasy and reality as Joris Ivens goes to China to capture the wind. The film reflects the filmmaker's journey from Pour le Mistral (1966), his first film on the wind, to this project, which is his final film. The essay film flows between fantasy and reality moving between the images the filmmaker has made, seen or dreamt about. Combining documentary with Chinese mythology and opera and even Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902), Ivens melds culture, landscape and mindscape with breathtaking effect. The old director travels as a boy from his windmill home in erstwhile Holland in a glider made from clothes from a clothesline. We see his journey through life and into the mysticism of the orient in his old age. His memories take us into a humorous, sometimes pensive, magical journey while the film's crew struggles to capture the wind and his breath. Written by Hrishikesh

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wind | landscape | old age | life | chinese | See All (19) »

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Documentary

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Language:

French | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 March 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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