One-Fourth of Humanity: The China Story (1968)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Social History  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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British journalist Edgar Snow was the most notable Westerner to receive permission from the Chinese government to tour the country before Richard Nixon. The camera crew travels to record a Red Army marathon march, scientific methods in agricultural and medical advancements, musical concerts, and an interview with Chairman Mao. Snow is careful not to stir any controversy in the form and content of the feature, often boring the viewer as he reads from his own books on the country in a series of four camera close-ups. The tedious, color documentary is overly careful not to offend Mao or engage in any kind of dialogue or descriptions that would seem in any way political.