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Norway sends to China classic film about spider spirits thought to be lost

Published on Apr 15, 2014 11:29 AM
A still from the 1927 Chinese silent movie The Cave Of The Silken Web. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

OSLO (AFP) - Norway will hand to China a copy of The Cave Of The Silken Web, a classic Chinese film that had long thought to be lost, the National Library of Norway said on Monday.

The delivery of the silent film from 1927 is expected to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday.

Diplomatic relations between both countries have been tense since Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded in 2010 the Nobel Peace Prize, decided by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

After deciding to go through its stock of around 9,000 old films in 2011, the National Library of Norway found a nitrocellulose copy of Pan Si Dong - its original Chinese title. It was the first film from the Asian country to be screened in the Scandinavian kingdom.

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