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Enter the Dragon (1973) 102 min -- ONSITE at Mechanics' Institute
October 2022 CinemaLit: – Exposing Chinese Stereotypes in Film, Co-sponsored by Chinese Historical Society of America

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Co-sponsored by Chinese Historical Society of America

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.

Friday, October 28 - Enter the Dragon, 1973, 107 minutes,  directed by Robert Clouse, starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Jim Kelly

The impact of Bruce Lee on the martial arts and on Asians in film can hardly be overstated. He was born in San Francisco into a show business family in 1940. On screen, Lee combined his phenomenal skills at Wing Chun, jujitsu, and Western boxing and fencing with a charismatic presence embodying strength, pride, and philosophical inquiry. Enter the Dragon has suspense, transcendent fight sequences, and humor, with a nod to buddy and spy genre conventions. Grossing over $100 million, it's regarded as Lee's masterpiece. Lee died at 32 before Enter the Dragon was released, but he achieved nothing less than the reinvention of action movies and their heroes. (Image used with permission of Warner Bros)

CinemaLit / October 2022 – Exposing Chinese Stereotypes in Film \

The Mechanics' Institute Library has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" grant. The grant showcases a single book through a range of tours, discussions, seminars, and screenings. The honored book is Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown (2020), a remarkable novel exploring immigration and the limitations of Chinese identity in modern America. It's funny and sad, and creatively written to read like a screenplay.

In the spirit of Interior Chinatown, October at CinemaLit will feature "Exposing Chinese Stereotypes in Film." Our opening film is Hollywood Chinese (2007), Arthur Dong's compelling documentary exploring the history of Chinese representation in American films. We follow that with three films featured prominently in Hollywood Chinese, each offering their own point of view on representation, identity, and stereotyping: Shanghai Express (1932), The Good Earth (1937), and Enter the Dragon (1973).

Matthew Kennedy, CinemaLit’s curator, has written biographies of Marie Dressler, Joan Blondell, and Edmund Goulding. His book Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, was the basis of a film series on Turner Classic Movies.

I don't have a favorite film,” Matthew says. "I find that my relationships to films, actors, genres, and directors change as I change over the years. Some don't hold up. Some look more profound, as though I've caught up with their artistry. I feel that way about Garbo, Cary Grant, director John Cassavetes, and others."

Classic films have historical context, something only time can provide,” Matt observes. “They become these great cultural artifacts, so revealing of tastes, attitudes, and assumptions.”




Check out the Chinese Historical Society's exhibit We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family, and the CHSA Cinema Under the Sky series, Radiating Bruce Lee.


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