organization Art Promotion

China is near


Italia – 1967 – 35mm – b/n – 95’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Elda Tattoli

Photography: Tonino Delli Colli

Editing: Roberto Perpignani

Set design: Ugo Novello

Music: Ennio Morricone

Cast: Glauco Mauri, Elda Tattoli, Paolo Graziosi, Daniela Surina, Pierluigi Aprà, Alessandro Haber, Claudio Trionfi, Laura De Marchi, Mimma Biscardi, Claudio Tura, Giuliano Todeschini, Claudio Cassinelli, Renato Jalenti

Producer: Franco Cristaldi

Production: Vides



The Gordini Malvezzi family, heiress, for a noble lineage, of huge estates, is made up of Vittorio, a secondary school professor, more erudite than cultured, with a weak character and a transformist from a political point of view, his sister Elena, a grim administrator of the family property, a tenacious spinster but who regularly indulges in any kind of men, and the brother Camillo, a college of priests student, an ardent supporter of extremist ideas that he openly proclaims with wall slogans. Being sure to become an assessor, the head of the Gordini Malvezzi family agrees to stand as a candidate in the socialist lists. As his own personal factotum, Vittorio hires Carlo, a proletarian with the diploma of accounting and many ambitious dreams…



“(…) the second feature extends the horizon of investigation to the social aspect of the class contrast. (…) The whole narrative mechanism is expressed in a stimulating game involving couples, with the formation and dissolution of unions following an apparently capricious path, in reality clearly geometric, according to a mirror mode where every action first of all has to deal with the utilitarian requirement of the single characters (…). More inclined to an eighteenth century machinerie in the way of Choderlos de Laclos than to a classic comedy mechanism in the way of Germ, China is near only at the beginning seems to want to be put in line with certain linguistic experimentations typical of the New Wave (…)” (Giovanni Spagnoletti, Marco Bellocchio, Il cinema e i film)



1967 Mostra di Venezia – Competition: Special Jury Prize,  FIPRESCI Prize

1968 Silver Ribbons:  Best Cinematography-B/W, Original Story