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THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD (VIRTUAL)

Nancy Kelly

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Set in a mining town in the 1880s, Thousand Pieces of Gold is based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn with a screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (Tribal Justice). Upon its release in 1990, the film won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho’s gold country. Eventually Charlie (Chris Cooper), a man of different ilk, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo. Nancy Kelly became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry and was never offered another movie to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews from critics, some of whom compared her talent to that of John Ford.

“Rosalind Chao’s performance is a wonder. Angry and romantic, Gold tells a powerful, poignant tale.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A genuine triumph. This is classic Western filmmaking: the lucid lyricism of a John Ford, a Budd Boetticher, a George Stevens. But, since Kelly is dealing with different kinds of conflicts, the film always seems to be opening up a new world.” – Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times

“Kelly’s astute direction is all the more noteworthy because her only previous films were the documentaries Cowgirls and A Cowhand’s Song. Anne Makepeace’s script deftly touches on the loneliness of the raucous miners even as their anti-Chinese bigotry spills over into violence. The jewel in the crown is Rosalind Chao’s stunning performance as Lalu Nathoy.” – Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle
“Even in moments of terrible anguish, Rosalind Chao projects the character’s steely will.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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  • 4/28 | 12:00AM
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