The Shanghai Audiovisual Archive have released the first-known amateur film ever recorded in the city and preserved in the Chinese mainland. The short clip gives a rare insight into the daily life of 1930s Shanghai. The video shows two young women playing with a dog as a cook holding a wok walk past them. A grinning elderly man is also seen taking out his dentures and saluting the cameraman. It’s quite cool.
South China Morning Post reported on the film’s release:
“We are interested in the people and their families in the film, their professions, family life, living conditions, and so on,” said Wang Min, the programme’s planning director.
“The film was an absolutely precious memory of Shanghai through light and shadow never seen before,” said Dr Chan Ka Lok Sobel, film director at the Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film as he hoped to see more of the archive’s treasures renovated and released.
The archive started a social media campaign on the city’s Sina Weibo account, releasing a short part of the video in the hopes of finding someone who could identify the area or the people in it. According to the box, the video is titled “Capitalists fooling around in March 1936”
[Video via: South China Morning Post]