The enormous world-wide film industry today pumps out stars at a record rate. Or so it seems. Just under a century ago, Shanghai was poised to witness the emergence of an extraordinary film industry that produced a huge number of famous figures in tandem with its great volume of films. One of these famous figures was the legendary actress Hu Die (Butterfly Wu), who came to fame in Shanghai in the Republican era (1912-1949). “Butterfly Wu: Queen of the Movies” presents more than 200 photographs selected from hundreds of images that were collected and preserved by the actress and covering several decades of her acting career together with others from her personal life and travels. To film buffs in Shanghai and beyond, Hu Die will always be remembered as the original Shanghai’s Queen of the Movies.
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