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FILMS FROM THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
FILMS FROM THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK


 
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These two fascinating Chinese films offer different perspectives on Mao's Cultural Revolution, which dictated that art reflect and support Communist ideology. Roaring Across the Horizon (Chen Guoxing, 1999, 120 mins.) is an odd piece of Chinese Communist Party propaganda that chronicles and celebrates China's development of nuclear weapons. Frightening in its adhesion to the party-line, this drama documents the Chinese government's decision to enter the arms race due to a self-proclaimed threat of insecurity after WWII, the Chinese Civil War, and the Korean War. They hire an MIT-trained Chinese patriot to head the project, but there is a huge snag, as his wife's estranged father is a capitalist. Next, the career of one of China's most revered composers is dramatized in Rhapsody of Spring (Teng Wenji, 1998, 120 mins.), a sprawling, beautifully constructed, award-winning film. Called Zhao Liming in the film, the character is a thinly veiled portrait of composer Shi Guangnan, who dedicated his life to the preservation of China's musical heritage from the days following the Cultural Revolution up into the modern era. As he struggles with a myriad of opposing forces during the Cultural Revolution, Rhapsody suggests the penalty for coloring outside the lines. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Chen Guoxing/Teng Wenji---China---1998/1999---240 mins.
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  • 2-DVD set