Zhang Shichuan’s “Romance of a Fruit Peddler” 掷果缘
4201 Grant Line Road
Camera Lucida presents Zhang Shichuan’s “Romance of a Fruit Peddler” 掷果缘.
“Romance of a Fruit Peddler,” also known as “Laborour’s Love,” is the earliest surviving Chinese film. Directed by Zhang Shichuan and written by Zheng Zhengqiu, the film is one of many produced by the Mingxing Film Company, also founded by the director/writer team.
An unemployed carpenter finds temporary work selling fruit from a pushcart. He meets and falls for a doctor’s daughter, but her father opposes the relationship due to the young man’s humble station, but he will approve a suitor who helps to rescue his failing medical practice. The carpenter restructures the staircase to a gambling club outside the doctor’s office so that it collapses whenever anyone walks on it. The resulting number of injured seeking treatment so increases the doctor’s income that he gladly accepts the carpenter as his son-in-law.
“Romance of a Fruit Peddler” will be accompanied by a new score composed and arranged by Jon Silpayamanant and performed by members of the world music ensemble, Sulh. The score will feature adaptations/arrangements of Chinese music by Compositions by Hua Yanjun, Zhao Jialin, Zhou Long, Zhao Lin, as well as folk music.
This event is free and all ages.
Camera Lucida is:
Roxell Karr – projections
Jon Silpayamanant – music
Zoe Blackwell – flute, accordion, tenor sax
Megan McIntosh – oud, saz, clarinet
Chelsea Getty – cello
Helen Holifield, Roxell Karr – percussion
Jon Silpayamanant – erhu, saw-u, cello, percussion