In Search of the Modern Marriage: Chinese Silent Cinema in the 1920s

Booking and contact information

01324 506850
Price:£6.60 incl tea/coffee and cake

Event description

* This event will be enhanced by BSL interpretation plus electronic note-taking

By the 1920s the custom of arranged marriage was under assault in China. Young urbanites insisted modern citizens should find their own marriage partners, free of parental control. New European ideas about modern romance were intoxicating but no-one knew exactly what modern marriage was, leaving anxious youngsters to experiment!

In this lively talk Prof. Pickowicz will show how the Shanghai-based, silent film industry engaged passionately with the debate, using fascinating clips of controversial 1920s Chinese films that tackled the marriage issue head on.

Prof. Paul Pickowicz (University of California, San Diego) is a true interdisciplinary scholar and one of the country’s leading historians of modern China with fifteen books to his credit.

1h 30m incl. Q&A

Performing live: Forrester Pyke (piano)

Supported by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the University of Edinburgh


Note: if the event is shown as ‘sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.


If you like this try: the European Premiere of Chinese film Striving, Cuppa Talks - Lost Girls and Goddesses and Billie Ritchie, Last of the Mohicans on Wed evening at 19:30 and Meet the Archives (free & not ticketed)


10 Hope Street
EH51 0AA

01324 506850