China Is Near

107 minutes 1967

It's possible that Marco Bellocchio's second feature, La Cina e vicina (1967), a lively comedy about sex, class, and politics, is still his best film. Two scheming working-class lovers contrive to get themselves married into the same wealthy family, which includes a professor running for a municipal office as a socialist, his promiscuous sister, and a 17-year-old Maoist. Comic sparks fly out in every direction, pushed along by an exciting camera style. With Glauco Mauri, Elda Tattoli (who also served as art director and collaborated with Bellocchio on the script), and music by Ennio Morricone.

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