Farewell to my concubine

Farewell to my concubine

Ba wang bie ji

DVD - 2007? | Chinese
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Story of two actors in the Beijing Opera, from their apprenticeship during the warlord era, to their success on stage in the opera "Bawang and Beiji", to the changes that come to their lives from World War II to the Cultural Revolution.
Publisher: Guangzhou : Qiao jia ren wen hua chuan bo you xian gong si zong jing xiao, [2007?]
Description: 1 videodisc (164 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9787880008364
Branch Call Number: DVD Fare


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Jul 18, 2018

Using the tumultuous friendship between two stage performers to illustrate fifty years of Chinese history, Kaige Chen’s sweeping epic is as intimate as it is grand. Filled with lush widescreen images awash in reds and gold against the cacophonous bang and clash of Chinese Opera, Chen’s love for the art of cinema (as well as an abiding sympathy for the suffering of artists) is evident in every frame. Running just under three hours his masterful film unfolds with a composed patience, each scene imbued with layers of meaning whether it be a brainwashed mob shouting revolutionary rhetoric or an abandoned pair of silk slippers softly underscoring a greater tragedy. Deeply human and overtly political (which is probably why it didn’t receive the Oscar it rightfully deserved) Chen’s masterpiece is a sterling example of cinema’s ability to transport and transform.

Mar 21, 2017

This is a Chinese historical drama directed by Chen Kaige.
It is a compelling tale of two lifelong friends unexpectedlly caught in a passionate love triangle with the woman who comes between both of them.
In the background, the film explores the effect of China's political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families, and groups.
With vivid, shocking and provocative imagery throughout, it is an amazing and heart-wrenching drama of love and betrayal.

Mar 08, 2017

absolutely extraordinary, even epic, operatic in its reach and in its splendid operatic achievements, a glorious paean to Chinese opera and its inspirational legacy

Mar 07, 2017

Beautiful classic filmmaking ~ 420

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