Sunday, September 18, 2011
Beijing on film
Back in Beijing, welcome domesticity and taking the girls to ballet. In the leafy street outside the dance class, a film was being made. We watched it from a cafe, me tanking up on caffeine to try to stave off the jetlag. We think it must have been a major movie given the amount of equipment and people. So for an hour or two we watched an actress cross the street about 20 times, each time an identical choreography of the same pedestrians and cars. It was like Groundhog Day. We thought the 16th take had that certain 'something'.