From repairing cultural relics to repairing houses, the documentary "post-to-ground" tells the history of the Forbidden City
Recently, the documentary "Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" was broadcast on CCTV and Station B.
As a sequel to the popular documentary "I repaired cultural relics in the Forbidden City", "I have been in the Forbidden City for six hundred years" once again focuses on the artisans and scholars of the Forbidden City, and delicately presents the process and technology of ancient building repairs, condensing the time of the alternation of old and new for hundreds of years Out a timeless fragment.
From repairing cultural relics to repairing houses, the documentary uses images to record the new vitality of the Forbidden City in the changing times.
The story in the video keeps youth in the Forbidden City forever
The Forbidden City is an important symbol of self-identity for contemporary Chinese. The ancient buildings of the Forbidden City are the most powerful witnesses and tellers of the Forbidden City in 600 years. It is the cultural support for contemporary Chinese to look back on history and imagine the future.
"Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" starts with uncovering the mystery of the Forbidden City architectural complex "Danchen forever", and aims to show the historical changes of ancient buildings and repairs in the past 600 years with documentary images.
Dan is the red of the palace wall; Chen is the deep palace.
"Danchen forever" means that the red and heavy palace will always retain its youth and vitality. This implied meaning also shows that the Forbidden City has always exuded a unique charm during the historical development of hundreds of years.
As an important subject in the field of history and culture, there have been many film and television works and variety shows created around the Forbidden City in recent years.
Especially documentary works, in addition to trying their best to restore and show the true original appearance of the Forbidden City, it also allows the audience to understand the real history in the works.
"When the Louvre Meets the Forbidden City" highlights the artistic style of the Forbidden City in the comparison of Chinese and foreign architecture; "New Events in the Forbidden City" presents the stories that occurred during the renovation of the Yangxin Hall by truly reflecting the progress of the "Research and Protection Project of the Hall of Yangxin" "Forbidden City 100" tells the story of 100 spaces in the Forbidden City in a short and quick form, constructing the holographic architectural image system of the Forbidden City; the series of micro-documentary "Eight Masterpieces" shows the application of eight major craftsmanship techniques in the construction and repair of the Forbidden City one by one...
Different documentaries record the brick and tile of this ancient building of the Forbidden City from different perspectives and forms, and excavate this cultural treasure house full of Chinese history, making it not only a tourist attraction for visiting today, It also has the mission of making people look back at ancient civilization and feel the spirit of humanity.
The documentary uses sound and light images to fix the appearance of the Forbidden City every new life in its development and changes. It can not only preserve valuable historical materials, but also allow people who love the culture of the Forbidden City to have the opportunity and channels to touch and feel it.
Liang Junjian, director of "My Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" and associate professor of the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University, believes that "The Forbidden City is actually a window. It allows us to see the people and things going back and forth over the past 600 years, and the ingenuity of ancient China. When it comes to wisdom and inheritance, we must look at history from today’s perspective, not treating history as simple knowledge, not treating history as a romance or as a joke."
Focus on individual stories and present craftsmanship
From "I repaired cultural relics in the Forbidden City" to "I was in the Forbidden City for six hundred years", paying attention to the people of the Forbidden City, telling stories about people and buildings, people and cultural relics, this is the consistent starting point of the two documentaries.
Compared with the restorationists who "choose one thing for the rest of my life" in "I repaired cultural relics in the Forbidden City", the group of people in the Forbidden City presented in "I was in the Forbidden City for six hundred years" has expanded. There are painters who specialize in color painting. There are also masters of the Engineering Management Office specializing in woodwork and bricklayers. These Forbidden City artisans, who are easily forgotten in historical records, have become the protagonists of the Forbidden City story this time. They have used 600 years of craftsmanship to protect the city's changes. It also truly interprets the breadth and depth of the Forbidden City culture.
Today’s Forbidden City artisans still maintain a set of traditional working methods. They treat cultural relics unhurriedly. Such restoration and repair methods are unique and also reflect the unknown aspects of the Forbidden City.
The atmosphere between the craftsman and the building is mutually contagious, and it is natural to create the story of the Forbidden City today.
Liang Junjian said, “These people shown in the documentary are all essential parts of telling and forming the story of the Forbidden City. Because such an ancient palace, only if it has a relationship with people, can it be alive and enter the contemporary era. In a social and cultural context".
"My Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" shows meticulously the people of the Forbidden City looking for sea and moon shells, drawing and preserving color painting samples according to traditional techniques, and marking the number and other details on thousands of originals of ancient buildings. These actions all reflect the artisans of the Forbidden City. It is precisely because of these people that the skills and wisdom of this ancient palace can be continuously enriched and passed on from generation to generation.
The documentary captures every clue and focuses on the "people" in the story of the Forbidden City.
In a photo taken in 1956, the repairmen of the northwest corner building were photographed. Inside there were not only Shan Shiyuan, Yu Zhuoyun and other older generation of Forbidden City experts, but also the first generation of New China such as Ma Jinkao and Weng Keliang. And the second generation of the Forbidden City Carpenter, and there are many more unnamed people.
Following in the footsteps of Xie Anping, curator of "Dan Chen Yonggu", the documentary began to be meaningfully searched.
At the end of the exhibition, many people on the photos were marked with their names. Although some of them are no longer verifiable, they are marked even if only one last name is left.
In each of these warm stories, the audience can deeply feel that the charm of the Forbidden City does not come from the cold red walls and yellow tiles, but the craftsmen use the obscurity and meticulous spirit to continuously provide the Forbidden City in the process of repairing. Infused with fresh vitality, let the Forbidden City glow with new vitality in every era.
Station B goes out again to highlight young people’s love for cultural and cultural events
"My Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" has been loved by station B users since it was launched, with a score of 9.9 points.
It is also the active discussions and evaluations of young audiences that make this documentary once again out of the circle, allowing more audiences to pay attention to such a work.
Station B has in-depth layout of new media documentaries in recent years, providing channels and space for many well-produced high-quality documentary works. Relying on the power of the Internet, watching documentaries has become a popular cultural activity, which has attracted the attention of many young people in particular. To a certain extent, it opened up the dilemma for the broadcast of the documentary.
In recent years, many programs with traditional historical and cultural themes have become popular at Station B, triggering a wave of screen sweeping.
Youth groups express their love for cultural museums in their own unique ways, making traditions lively and interesting, and clearing and bridging the gap between ancient and modern cultures.
As a producer, "Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" also actively absorbed the successful experience of the previous work "I repaired cultural relics in the Forbidden City".
Unlike other documentaries about historical relics, "My Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" does not use solemn and solemn style and lines to tell history. Instead, it firmly grasps the tastes of young people and uses a lively narrative to attract the attention of the audience. The story of the Forbidden City collides with cultural sparks between the heavy history and modern language. To a certain extent, it subverts and deconstructs people’s traditional impressions of archaeology and ancient construction repair work, shortens the distance between people and cultural relics, and breaks people’s feelings. Inherent cognition makes people and things living in history come alive.
According to Huang Dianlin, associate professor of the Communication Research Institute of Communication University of China, “The reason why "I was in the Forbidden City for 600 Years" is welcomed by young audiences is not only the rise of traditional cultural film and television works, but also the cultural self-confidence of young people."
Young people learn the essence of Chinese civilization from traditional culture, and experience Chinese craftsmanship, architectural wisdom and artistic accomplishments in the experience of understanding the story of the Forbidden City.
The documentary shows the work content of the artisans in the Forbidden City, and more and more young people are interested in this work. In the future, it will attract more talents to join the cultural relics and ancient construction repair industry.
The Forbidden City has experienced ups and downs in history, and has traveled through the vicissitudes of life.
These documentaries about the Forbidden City have unveiled the mystery of this ancient building from all aspects, making "the quiet and good time" become real and tangible, making history more "grounded" and making culture more deeply rooted in the hearts of the people.
(Our reporter Niu Mengdi, our correspondent Shen Wei)