Xie Tieli：He Has Special Love for Literature
Xie TieIi (1925- ) has The Hurricane, On the Threshold of Spring and Haixia as his most representative works.The Hurricane, an adaptation of Zhou Libo's full-length novel of the same title, depicts the fierce struggle of the Land Reform Movement in a village in the northern part of northeast China in 1946. In this film, Xie displayed his artistic gracefulness as a noted film director. He eliminated the unnecessary content of a long literary work and made it into a film with a concentrated, well-knit, even plot and a forceful rhythm. The character Zhao Yulin, a peasant who grew up during the Land Reform Movement, is more distinctive, better-rounded, and more perfect than the one in the novel. The film has a simple, natural and vigorous style.
Poster of The Hurricane
Poster of On the Treshold of Spring (Early Spring)
On the Threshold of Spring is a vehicle for Xie to display his talents in art and develop his own artistic style. It is a fine piece that shows humanitarianism and is filled with human kindness, drama, and a quality suggestive of poetry or painting.
Haixia was produced during the Cultural Revolution. With the fishermen's life on the southeastern coast in the early 1960s as its background, the film depicts a group of militia women who work both as fisher women and fighters defending their homes and the motherland. What is praise-worthy is that in making the film, Xie broke through the fetters of ultra-leftist art and adopted a prose-like style, trying his best to show the rich content and variety of life. It shows the efforts he made in art exploration.
Since 1977, Xie Tieli has directed The Torrential River,The Stars Are Bright Tonight, Bao and His Son, Intimate Friends, A Dream of Red Mansions, The Moon Goes Down Over the Yuchang River and The Net of Heaven. Xie is highly cultured and has a wide vision and a good command of various techniques of artistic expression. He is able to show radical social and great historical changes and is especially good at coming close to the characters to reveal their inner feelings and delineating the ways of the world. What especially deserves to be pointed out is that his accomplishments in art gave him a preference for noted literary works, and he often recomposed them and made them into films while keeping the style of the original.