C.V. Starr East Asian Library
 

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

Series 2: Films sponsored by Li Sumin, 1949-1979

In this series, the films on traditional Chinese arts and crafts were sponsored by Li Sumin (李叔明, 1900-1973), a Chinese banker, industrialist, and publisher, in the early 1950s. Each film runs approximately 15-20 minutes long and features color footage shot silently and English-language narration. They were released as educational films for the U.S. market. The films are composed entirely of shots of Chinese art and artifacts from the collections of US museums. The collection includes master picture and sound elements (picture and optical track negatives) for all four films, prints of all four films, and additional original reversal footage from Chinese Sculpture. Titles include in this series: Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages; Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages; Chinese Painting Through the Ages; Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times; The Story of Chinese Art.


Box 5 Container WW0077 Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1 film reels

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


Box 5 Container WW0078 Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1 film reels

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


Box 26 Container WW0140A Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1952, 1 film reels

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


Box 26 Container WW0140B Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1952, 1 film reels

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


Box 35 Container WW0338 Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1 film reels


Box 18 Container WW0207 Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1949 June 13, 1 film reels

Content Summary: 李息齊


Box 39 Container WW0384A Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1 film reels


Box 39 Container WW0384B Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1 film reels


Box 44 Container WW0408 Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1 film reels


Box 35 Container WW0334 Chinese Painting Through the Ages, 1 film reels


Box 11 Container WW0147 Chinese painting, 1 film reels

Producer: Wan-go Weng. Production Co.: Film Demensions, Inc.


Box 41 Container WW0379 Chinese painting, 1 film reels


Box 41 Container WW0380 Chinese painting, 1 film reels


Box 6 Container WW0083 Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages, 1952, 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li . Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America. Content Summary: Shows the evolution of Chinese ceramics from Neolithic earthenware to pure porcelain. Indicates the accomplishments of the Chinese potter and the need for cultural interdependence to sustain continued growth; reproduced on DVD P103


Box 22 Container WW0108A Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages, 1952 or 1979 April 19, 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li . Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura Films


Box 22 Container WW0108B Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages, 1952 or 1979 April 19, 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li . Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura Films


Box 16 Container WW0187 Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages, 1952, 1 film reels

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


Box 27 Container WW0398A Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages, 1970 January 27, 1 film reels


Box 27 Container WW0398B Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages, 1970 January 27, 1 film reels


Box 6 Container WW0084 Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, 1 film reels

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


Box 6 Container WW0082 Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, [1965], 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li. Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America. Content Summary: Traces the development of Chinese sculpture from the Shang through the T'ang dynasties and shows examples of fine works from later periods. Stresses the continuity of tradition in Chinese sculpture and the relationship of sculpture to religion; P-102; reproduced on DVD


Box 26 Container WW0139A Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, [1965], 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li. Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura


Box 26 Container WW0139B Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, [1965], 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li. Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura


Box 35 Container WW0336A Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, 1 film reels

Production Co.: Film Demensions


Box 35 Container WW0336B Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, 1 film reels

Production Co.: Film Demensions


Box 29 Container WW0240 Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, 1 film reels

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


Box 44 Container WW0404, WW0409 Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, 2 film reels


Box 27 Container WW0399 Chinese Sculpture Through the Ages, 1 film reels


Box 5 Container WW0080 Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times, 1971, 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li. Written: Wango Weng. Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: China Film Enterprises of America. Content Summary: Shows the development of Chinese bronze ceremonial vessels made during the Shang, Chou, and Ch'in dynasties; reproduced on DVD P104


Box 26 Container WW0135A Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times, 1971, 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li. Producer: Wan-go Weng. Production Co.: Pictura Films Distribution Corp.


Box 26 Container WW0135B Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times, 1971, 1 film reels

Director: Sumin Li. Producer: Wan-go Weng. Production Co.: Pictura Films Distribution Corp.


Box 11 Container WW0146 Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times, 1 film reels

Production Co.: Eastman Kodak Company


Box 11 Container WW0149 Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times, 1 film reels

Content Summary: ORIG CUTS


Box 29 Container WW0235 Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times, 1 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].


Box 44 Container WW0403A, WW0403B, WW0403C Chinese Bronzes of Ancient Times, 1972 January 4, 3 Reels


Box 5 Container WW0079 Story of Chinese Art, The, 1 film reels

Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Released by Contemporary Films/McGraw-Hill


Box 5 Container WW0081 Story of Chinese Art, The, 1 film reels

Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Released by Contemporary Films/McGraw-Hill


Box 6 Container WW0085 Story of Chinese Art, The, [1971], 1 film reels

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


Box 22 Container WW0109A Story of Chinese Art, The, [1971] or 1981 June 12, 1 film reels

Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura Films


Box 22 Container WW0109B Story of Chinese Art, The, [1971] or 1981 June 12, 1 film reels

Producer: Wango Weng. Production Co.: Pictura Films


Box 43 Container WW0390, WW0405, WW0407 Story of Chinese Art, The, 3 film reels


Box 12 Container WW0141 Chinese art: bronze/ceramics/painting/sculpture, 1970 August, 1 film reels

Producer: [Wan-go Weng].