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Dream of a Century
2006-1-11 18:16:15
A grand concert, "Dream of a Century" was held to commemorate the centennial of China's film industry.

Altogether, four sections were presented, featuring scores and soundtracks from the films of four different ages. Our reporter Xiao Hua takes us back over the century to hear the golden oldies which accompanied the silver screen.

Reporter: The piece you can currently hear is Wandering Singer, whose popularity rode on the established success of its original singer, Zhou Xuan, a megastar of the 1930s. It's also a song from "Street Angel," a film which portrays the lives of the underprivileged in the pre-war Shanghai of the 1930s.

In this film, young, handsome but poor Shao Peng falls in love with his neighbour, Siao Hung, who is played by the aforementioned singer and actress Zhou Xuan. Unfortunately, a rich local tyrant has also got his eyes on her, meaning that Siao Hung and Shao Peng have to run away in order to get married. Later, Shao Peng's sister also becomes involved in their escape, and is killed by the tyrant and his thugs. Using this plot, Street Angel's director, Yuan Muzhi recreates the turbulent atmosphere of the period as well as the psychology of the poor.

We'll move on now to a piece radically different from Wandering Singer, and one which is even better known among the Chinese nation. It's the "March of the Volunteers".

Created in 1935, with music by Nie Er, and lyrics by Tian Han, "March of the Volunteers" was the theme tune of the film, "Sons and Daughters in a Time of Storm".  The film tells the story of those who went to fight the Japanese invasion of northeast China in the 1930s, a time when the fate of the nation was hanging in the balance. Later, this piece would become the national anthem of China.

Arise, you who refuse to be slaves;
With our very flesh and blood
Let us build our new Great Wall!
The peoples of China are at their most critical time,
Everybody must roar defiance.
Arise! Arise! Arise!
Millions of hearts with one mind,
Brave the enemy gunfire,
March on!
Brave the enemy gunfire,
March on! March on! March on!


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