Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers(1990) 流浪北京

流浪北京海报

Wu Wenguang, 1990, 90 min., English subtitles

The director spent weeks walking through the streets, courtyards and dilapidated flats of Beijing with his hand-held camera, taking a close look at the lives and everyday world of five artists living on the margins of society. On the one hand, long shots, empty spaces and, on the other, bizarre cinema vérite, homing in closely on its human subjects, as well as personal interventions in the style of Marcel Ophül. Bumming in Beijing offers a glimpse of China that would never have been tolerated in the past. Wu began filming shortly after the events at Tiananmen Square. The silence that is so striking at times is an implicit commentary on the destructive noise of the tanks at the square. It is no accident that four of the five artists portrayed here left their home country shortly afterwards.

Director: Wu Wenguang

Film-maker Wu Wenguang belongs to a generation that has set itself the task of showing ways of living on the margins of legality – as in his two films that portray young artists who are staying in Beijing without a work permit. They feel that it is more important to determine their own lives than to live a secure, officially sanctioned existence.

source: https://www.hkw.de/en/programm/projekte/veranstaltung/p_9418.php

《流浪北京:最后的梦想者》

片子记录的是五位自由艺术家80年代末在北京的一段生活。五位人物是:写作的张慈、拍照片的高波、画画的张大力和张夏平以及戏剧导演牟森。他们户口所在地分别是云南、四川、黑龙江等,他们放弃老家的工作来到北京、或者在北京大学毕业后自动留在北京,途径不一,但目的大致相似,即在北京实现自己的艺术梦想。

影片分为六段:1、为什么到北京;2、住在北京;3、出国之路;4、1989年10月;5、张夏平疯了;6、《大神布朗》上演。

制作人的话

88年4月的一天,在北京靠写作谋生的张慈在她租住的小四合院里告诉我,她准备结婚出国。张慈的对象是个美国人,叫乔治,一头银发。在张慈处见过乔治的高波说他像海明威。张慈叫他作“我爷爷”。

我当时想,我们这群自八十年代初满怀艺术梦想,抛弃职业和户口约束盲流在北京的人或许不久都会以各自的方式结束自己“流浪北京”的历史,我应该动手拍点东西来记录下来。这就是当时拍这部片子的原始动机。拍摄方式是朋友帮忙,在各个剧组“蹭”不花钱的机器。张慈之后,张大力、高波、牟森、张夏平又以朋友的身份陆续进入到我的镜头前。拍摄时间断断续续从88年夏天持续到89年底。

1990年初我在昆明老家的一个朋友管的机房里剪出这部片子,当时才想到这个名字“流浪北京”。

我和片子里的人物有过类似的生活,希望过也失望过,痛苦过也快乐过,幼稚过也疯狂过。把现在中国这么一群特殊艺术族记录下来是我当时的简单想法,同时也想第一次不受任何约束和干扰地把自认为“真正的记录样式”玩一把。

这部片子完成之后,整个八十年代这一页已被翻过。对于一类中国青年来说,也许是一种浪漫的梦想主义时代的结束,以及进入的九十年代会完全是另一种面目,即便是《流浪北京》里的人物,他们操行的“艺术人生”也可能会变成“人生艺术”。

当然这都是我此刻在这么想的,而当时拍摄过程中,我只是想着如何老老实实、如一个真正的旁观者那样把他们记录下来。

来源:http://baike.baidu.com/subview/947134/5476495.htm

导演访谈

网易视频专访吴文光导演:真实都是被掩盖的

http://v.163.com/special/00853NT7/wwg.html

吴文光和他的纪录片

http://www.bioon.com/book/yishu/artist-gb/23.htm

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3 thoughts on “Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers(1990) 流浪北京

  1. Great documentary , Please tell me where to see At Home In The World?
    Everything’s changed. The era we are currently living in seems lack of something pure and powerful. I mean economic development provides human a lot of benefits concerning about life,but only life. As increased middle class in china sending their kids to western, I believe one day the people on that land would do the same thing as westerners. We would lead a lifestyle full of cool , fancy stuff and gain the stable and secure status in the rest of our life. Is West the final stage of our society? It just seems like the only thing that can have an impact on human history course is technology, to make the world a better place,to produce more and beautiful. And that’s it. That’s the future we can see. We can not see Movements in art(though abundant), philosophy, literature,something rooted in human’s thoughts.We are all busy to make the world move faster and smooth, and individual happiness derived from high living standard becomes everybody’s pursuit.The world is becoming individual where every single person can produce something great like film, music, photograph but all fast-consumed, and forgotten. And those things have significant meaning to individuals but nothing to this world.It’s kind of weird to have a contrast with 20th century.
    I’m kind of trapped in this situation about the future of human beings. If this is really an end, I would feel more comfortable to do something that looks normal , if not, I wish someone could give me a direction or at least tell me how to find about doing something different, something with real passion and spirit strength.
    It’s just kind of boring to know the future is under control and no world event would ever happen.
    Like nothing’s changed.

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