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Legend Of The Mountain (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)
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One of UW Cinematheque's special presentations this semester is a pair of 4K restorations of Taiwanese films, and 1979's Legend Of The Mountain is truly a restoration to be excited about. Director King Hu typically worked at an incredibly slow pace (his masterpiece A Touch Of Zen took four years to complete) in order to give his films a magnificent landscape-painting aesthetic. Legend Of The Mountain is full of his trademark lush, bordering-on-psychedelic cinematography. A supernatural tale of a scholar encountering beautiful mysterious ghosts, Legend Of The Mountain was a major influence on the massively popular Chinese Ghost Story and further cemented King Hu's role as a master artist of Wuxia (historical martial art films). No one's ever made people fly through foggy bamboo forests quite like King Hu, and his painstaking artistic vision paved the way for martial-arts films to become more cinematic and artistic. —Ian Adcock

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