Program 1

I Didn’t Dare to Tell You Mou Tun-fei (1969, 78’)

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Aided by a classmate, a pupil tries to find a way to help pay off the gambling debts of his father, a widower with health issues. At the same time, he also tries to keep his teacher satisfied, a young woman who has a relationship with an artist. This is Mou’s first film after graduating from Taiwan Art College. After its completion, I Didn’t Dare to Tell You only had a few private screenings. One reel of the original 35mm copy has been lost, and this only available complete copy has an ending imposed by government censors.

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A Morning in Taipei  Pai Ching-jui (1964, 20’)

As dawn gradually breaks, we see the neon lights of the city being swallowed by the morning light. We traverse parks, churches, markets, factories, and follow the morning paper on its way to the breakfast table of a small white-collar family. The silent film has been scored by Lim Giong, singer, musician and film composer (Millennium MamboA Touch of Sin).