Smash the Old World!
Jiang Qing Goes to the Movies
Jiang Qing (aka Lan Ping, Li Jin) launched her career as a
political film critic shortly after the founding of the People's
Republic of China, playing a leading role in the denunciation of
The Life of Wu Xun (Wu Xun zhuan,
1950), directed by Sun Yu and staring Zhao Dan. The attack was
part of Mao Zedong's efforts to purge the arts and educational
worlds of lingering bourgeois and humanist tendencies. This
initial foray on Jiang Qing's part, who had participated in an
investigation of the historical Wu Xun (1838-1896) under the name
Li Jin, was followed by what would later appear to be an
uncharacteristic silence, one she would make up for amply during
the Cultural Revolution era.
See images of Jiang Qing from throughout her life.
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