C.V. Starr East Asian Library
 

Wan-go H.C. Weng film collection, circa 1944-1980

Series 1: "Land of China", 1948-1951

The films are the earliest of Weng's works included in the collection. Each of the films profiles a different Chinese city or town – specifically the four major cities listed in the film titles, and Changshu, the titular "Town by the Yangtze," Weng's hometown. Each film runs approximately 10 minutes long and features color footage shot silently and English-language narration. Research shows that the films were shot in China during Weng's visit to China in 1948 and released as educational films in the US beginning in 1951. Elements included in the collection are master picture elements for all five titles (single-roll reversal for the first four and A and B rolls for the last), master sound elements for all five titles, two release prints of Yangtze, and additional original footage from Peking, Hangchow, and Nanking. These films are almost certainly the most interesting in the collection from a historical perspective, as they were all shot in China in the interim between the end of World War II and the coming to power of the Communist regime. Filmed in vivid Technicolor, they depict street scenes, artistic and architectural highlights, and people at work, among other subjects. Titles include in this series: Peking, Marco Polo's Wonder; Tientsin, Gateway to North China; A Town by the Yangtze; Hangchow, China's Garden City; Nanking, the Southern Capital.


Box 26 Container WW0110 Peking, Marco Polo's Wonder, 1 film reels

Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America


Box 10 Container WW0111A Peking, Marco Polo's Wonder, 1 film reels


Box 10 Container WW0111B Peking, Marco Polo's Wonder, 1 film reels


Box 10 Container WW0120 Peking, Marco Polo's Wonder, 1 film reels


Box 10 Container WW0121 Peking, Marco Polo's Wonder, 1 film reels

Producer: Wan-go Weng. Production Co.: China Film


Box 10 Container WW0122 Peking, Marco Polo's Wonder, 1 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng]. Production Co.: China Film. Content Summary: Peking cuts - 天壇, 北海, 动物, 植物


Box 10 Container WW0112A Town By the Yangtze, A, 1 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 10 Container WW0112B, WW0113 Town By the Yangtze, A, 2 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 10 Container WW0114A Town By the Yangtze, A, 1 film reels

Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura


Box 10 Container WW0114B Town By the Yangtze, A, 1 film reels

Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura


Box 10 Container WW0115 Town By the Yangtze, A, 1 Reels


Box 4 Container WW0034 Town By the Yangtze, A, 1 film reels

Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America


Box 47 Container WW0035 Town By the Yangtze, A, 1 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 13 Container WW0192 Town By the Yangtze, A, 1 film reels

Producer: Wan-go Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America. Content Summary: A film about Yu Shan Changshu in Jiangsu Province; P-104; reproduced on DVD


Box 32 Container WW0250 Town By the Yangtze, A, 1991 April 13, 1 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng]. Production Co.: Pictura Films Distribution Corp.


Box 26 Container WW0116A Hangchow, China's Garden City, 1 Reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng]. Content Summary: 5 rolls in container: wango's 杭州(W.P. CUTS) ; 杭州剑池 (ORIG. KODA) ; wango's hangchow = 西湖 ; ekta master WENG 杭州.


Box 26 Container WW0116B Hangchow, China's Garden City, 1 Reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 26 Container WW0116C Hangchow, China's Garden City, 1 Reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 26 Container WW0116D Hangchow, China's Garden City, 1 Reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 26 Container WW0116E Hangchow, China's Garden City, 1 Reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 10 Container WW0117A, WW0117B Hangchow, China's Garden City, 2 film reels

Producer: Production photography & art: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Zhongguo dian ying qi ye guo ji gong si (中國電影企業國際公司)


Box 10 Container WW0118A Nanking, the Southern Capital, 1 film reels

Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America


Box 10 Container WW0118B Nanking, the Southern Capital, 1 film reels

Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America


Box 10 Container WW0119 Nanking, the Southern Capital, 1 film reels

Producer: Wan-go Weng. Content Summary: Chinese traditional music recordings without images; reproduced on DVD


Box 10 Container WW0123 Nanking, the Southern Capital, 1 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 10 Container WW0124 Tientsin, Gateway to North China, 1 film reels

Production Co.: Eastman Kodak Company


Box 9 Container WW0125A, WW0125B Tientsin, Gateway to North China, 2 film reels

Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America