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84 Ratings

China Is Near

La Cina è vicina

Directed by Marco Bellocchio
Italy, 1967


A pair of working class lovers – a secretary and an accountant, scheme to marry into the rich landed gentry.

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China Is Near Directed by Marco Bellocchio

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1967 | Winner: Special Jury Prize


National Society of Film Critics Awards

1969 | 2nd place: Best Screenplay

1969 | 3rd place: Best Director

With this sophomore work, the filmmaker crafts a wacky premonition forecasting the student revolts, violence, and civil unrest that would inform Italian society for the next nine years; in doing so, he chooses to give it to us in the guise of comedy, albeit an acidic one, close to bursting at its seams, and spiraling itself way beyond any discernible frame of view.
September 11, 2015
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Where Bellocchio differs from Altman, Anderson, and the rest of the A’s is his specifically Italian combination of bawdiness and visual grace. Shot by the great Tonino Delli Colli and scored by Ennio Morricone, the film has a stark, chalky quality and moves with a jollying, staccato rhythm.
March 19, 2015
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It’s possible that Marco Bellocchio’s second feature, La Cina e vicina, a lively comedy about sex, class, and politics, is still his best film. Two scheming working-class lovers contrive to get themselves married into the same wealthy family, which includes a professor running for a municipal office as a socialist, his promiscuous sister, and a 17- year-old Maoist. Comic sparks fly out in every direction, pushed along by an exciting camera style.
September 01, 1989
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