A Soul Haunted by Painting - Widescreen Subtitle Dolby - DVD
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The rise of a Chinese painter Pan Yuliang (1899-1977) as she went from prostitute to famed artist in Paris is the focus of this Chinese biography. The film opens with then 12-year old Pan working in a brothel in a small rural town. She is soon hired to become a prostitute after the head hooker retires and is killed. She meets her eventual husband, Zanhua, on her very first night. He already had a wife, but he married Pan anyway, and they moved to the city where Pan studied painting at the Shanghai Arts Institute. The institute is closed after a series of demonstrations of people resenting foreign influences on Chinese art, and from those against the use of nude models. Pan still does nude portraits, but uses her body as the model. She becomes famous after her self-portrait "Bathing Woman" wins a French prize. Since her husband earlier went back to his former wife, Pan is free to move to Paris where her work continued to garner critical acclaim. In China her work was never recognized because they classified it as "depraved." ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
- GenreDrama,Foreign Films
- Countries ProducedTaiwan,China
- Duration130 minutes
- Year of Release1994
- Subtitle LanguagesEng
- Chapter InfoSide #1 -- , 1. Title Slates, A Paris Studio [2:45], 2. 1920's Wuhu, Anhui Province [2:45], 3. The Brothel [2:45], 4. Red Girl Deals [7:59], 5. Yuliang Prepares [1:47], 6. Mr. Pan [12:37], 7. A New Day [1:58], 8. News Spreads [5:43], 9. Shanghai [4:25], 10. Painting Lessons [1:58], 11. Shanghai Fine Arts Training School [5:45], 12. Madam & Wife 2 [10:12], 13. Real Life Sketching [4:58], 14. Paris [4:44], 15. Mr. Wang [4:09], 16. A Fly in Paris [2:01], 17. Prize Winner [2:14], 18. Home to My Family [5:29], 19. Nanjing Professor [2:07], 20. 4 in My Family [6:46], 21. Art Exhibition [7:27], 22. Return to Paris 1940's [2:42], 23. He Qiong [6:54], 24. Retreat With Shouxin [3:22], 25. Paris Art Sales [1:52], 26. Loss of Ties [1:18]