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  • A Queer Film Classic: a consideration of Chen Kaige's acclaimed 1992 film set in the mid-twentieth century about two male Peking opera stars and the woman who comes between them, all set against the political turmoil of a China in transition. The film's treatment of gender performance and homosexuality was a first in Chinese cinema, and the subject of much controversy there. The movie, which helped to bring contemporary Chinese films onto the world stage, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (the first Chinese film to do so), and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.