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UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE. For event descriptions and details, please scroll down.

JUNE

Saturday June 3 & Sunday June 4, from 11am/FILM: Historic Shanghai’s Film Weekend: Men in the Movies ~ with Linda Johnson & Alison Conner RMB 300 (members) RMB 500 (nonmembers) for the whole weekend (4 films) or RMB 100 (members) RMB 150 (nonmembers) per movie.  RSVP for venue: info@historic-shanghai.com

Saturday June 17, 5pm/TOUR: Nightclubs of old Shanghai  /Pricing TBC/ RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

Sunday June 25, 2pm/WALK: Yangpu: Shanghai’s Forgotten Industrial Heartland /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

JULY

Saturday July 1, 10am/WALK: The Independence Day Walk: Americans in old Shanghai /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

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JUNE

Saturday June 3 & Sunday June 4, from 11am/FILM: Historic Shanghai’s Film Weekend: Men in the Movies ~ with Linda Johnson & Alison Conner RMB 300 (members) RMB 500 (nonmembers) for the whole weekend (4 films) or RMB 100 (members) RMB 150 (nonmembers) per movie.  RSVP for venue: info@historic-shanghai.com

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“Men in the Movies” showcases the diversity of men portrayed in Shanghai film during its golden age. Chinese film experts Linda Johnson and Alison Conner will screen a quartet of films showcasing major male stars, as well as clips and stills from other movies, and show the ways in which “maleness” was portrayed from 1929 until 1948, from silent to talkies.

Although Shanghai films were mostly about women (who were cast as symbols of various social issues in the city as it faced moderisation), a minority of films were centered on male characters and many more placed a male lead alongside the female in focus.

One film follows a Beijing man throughout his life from the late Qing Period, another features 6 men including the most famous male leads of the 1930s, two films are set in Shanghai with one displaying its turbulent history. From men in love, to physically strong men as nation and good, sensitive men who do the right thing, these films reveal something of the struggle to define the meaning of a hero in Shanghai film, whilst glimpsing the anti-hero perverted by the excesses of decadence.

From men in love, to physically strong men as nation and good, sensitive men who do the right thing, these films reveal something of the struggle to define the meaning of a hero in Shanghai film, whilst glimpsing the anti-hero perverted by the excesses of decadence.

SCHEDULE

Saturday June 3, 11am

Don’t Change Your Husband [Qing hai chong wen] 1929, directed by Xie Yunqing (silent)

Saturday June 3, 3pm

This Life of Mine [Wo zhe yi bei zi] 1950, directed by Shi Hui

Sunday June 4, 11am

Big Road, Dalu, 1934, directed by Sun Yu (semi-silent)

Sunday June 4, 3pm

Myriad of Lights, Wanjia feng huo, 1948, directed by Shen Fu

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Saturday June 17, 5pm /TOUR: Nightclubs of old Shanghai RSVP info@historic-shanghai.com for pricing and meeting point.

Shanghai’s nightlife was legendary, and with the revival of the Great World and the Paramount, the time is ripe to do a tour of the nightclubs of old Shanghai! This tour will visit some of the remaining ballrooms of old Shanghai, share the stories that have made them legend, and finish up with a Shanghai cocktail (with a recipe from old Shanghai nightspot Didi’s) at the vintage Candor in the old Lyceum Theatre.

Sunday June 25, 2pm/WALK: Yangpu: Shanghai’s Forgotten Industrial Heartland /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

JULY

Saturday July 1, 10am/WALK: The Independence Day Walk: Americans in old Shanghai /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

In celebration of America’s 241st Independence Day on July 4, Historic Shanghai takes you on a walk that tells the story of the Americans in old Shanghai. Americans were a significant presence, and we’ll see where some of the pioneers of old Shanghai set up businesses, the buildings they designed, the clubs where they sipped their martinis ~ even a 1920s impression of New York harbor, hidden in a lobby ceiling.

ARCHITECTURAL WALKS GUIDEBOOK: Final Five: The Where’s Where of the Who’s Who of Old Shanghai is the final guidebook in Tess Johnston’s series of walking guides in historical Shanghai neighborhoods. For information and to order, click here



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