Since four years, the film undertaking of the Chinese people has gained major developments. Already issued feature films and documentary films have reflected the new life and history of struggle of our country’s people, some films have already achieved relatively high ideological and artistic levels, and received the love of the broad masses. Films have exhibited their importance every day in the cause of educating the people with patriotic and Socialist spirits and in satisfying the broad masses’ cultural requirements.
But, at present, the quantity and quality of film products cannot yet satisfy the broad masses’ requirements. The main factor creating this sort of situation is a grave lack of film scripts, this issue is undoubtedly caused by the fact that there are insufficient full-time film playwrights and their are insufficiently skilled professionally, but even more importantly, it is because of a lack of clear film production policy and film production plans geared to reality, and because all effective measures to attract large amounts of literary and artistic writers to vigorously participate in film script creation, and organizing and guiding creation with correct methods could not have been adapted yet. In order to improve film production work in the future, the following is hereby decided:
Provisional Regulations on the Management of Book and Periodical Publishing, Printing and Distribution Sectors
State Administrative Council, 16 August 1952
Article 1: These Regulations are promulgated according to the provisions of Article 5, Article 41 and Article 49 of the CPPCC Common Programme. Read the rest of this entry »
Article 1: On the basis of the provisions of Article 8 Clause 10 of the “Provisional Regulations on Managing the Book and Periodical Publishing, Printing and Distribution Sectors”, these Rules are formulated.
Article 2: Periodicals as named in these Regulations, are the following publications with writing or images, which are published continuously and openly distributed: Read the rest of this entry »
The people’s xiqu is an important weapon with democratic spirit and patriotic spirit to educate the broad people. Our country’s xiqu heritage is extremely rich, and has a close connection with the People, inheriting this sort of heritage and enhancing, is fully necessary. But in this sort of heritage, many parts have been used by feudal rulers as a tool to drug and poison the people; therefore, we must differentiate well good and bad, and select them, and on a new basis, transform and develop them, only then is it possible that they conform to the interest of State and people. Read the rest of this entry »
CCP Instructions to Peng Zhen and Others concerning Agreeing to Organize a Film Examination Committee in Beiping
To Peng, Ye and Zhao, with CC to the North China Bureau, the General Front Committee, the Tianjin Municipal Committee, the North-eastern Bureau, the East China Bureau, the Central Plains Bureau and the North-western Bureau:
Telegram from 7th day of Chou month read. Agree that you organize a film examination committee under the Military Management Council, and that it is composed of nine commissioners in total under Sha Kefu as director. The participation of democratic personalities from film circles should be attracted as much as possible, for example, Hong Shen has already arrived and should participate. But at present, our own films are very few in number, therefore, examination and prohibition standards must be lenient, films must not be banned because of a few shortcomings or a little harmful [content], in the first stage, it will do to just ban a number of films that are clearly reactionary and oppose the people’s democratic undertaking. Furthermore, for films that are only ideologically backward, we can wait with banning them until our own film production has become relatively large, and it is possible to replace them.
Original Chinese text to follow.
Article 1: The act of selling or disseminating volumes or pictures printed using machines or printing plates and other chemical materials is called publishing.
Article 2: The persons involved in publishing are the following:
I, The author.
II, The distributor.
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Since the Wuxu year , the number of periodicals has risen vigorously, and newspapers are also often bound in volumes and sold at fixed prices. Therefore, in the 6th month of the 32 Year of Guangxu , the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Inspection and the Ministry of Education, have jointly determined the “Great Qing Special Code for Printed Materials” as follows:
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