Dir. Xie Jin (1964). One of the last movies to come out of Shanghai before the Cultural Revolution, Xie Jins masterpiece richly evokes the 1935-50 period. The eponymous sisters are the exploited ingénues of an itinerant acting troupe who become stars under the Japanese occupationas one sister moves left and the other right, the parallels with Chen Kaiges 1992 Farewell My Concubine are obvious.
Sat., Sept. 26, 6:20 p.m., 2009