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Singing Behind Screens

October 24, 2003

In Singing Behind Screens (Cantando dietro i paraventi) famous Italian director Ermanno Olmi has staged a delicately spun story based on the historically documented Widow Ching, the wife of a famous Chinese pirate Admiral who takes over her husband’s command when he is murdered by his former patrons. Rejecting the offer of clemency made by the Imperial authorities, the Widow Ching and her crew set out on a course to pillage and plunder the Chinese countryside. Complex in its construction, the film’s powerful and visually seductive images are extremely captivating.