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The Passion of the Mao (2006)

Who knew that Communism could be so funny? This madcap documentary reexamines the Cultural Revolution and restores the once bright reputation of Mao Zedong. "The Passion of the Mao" begins ... See full summary »

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Who knew that Communism could be so funny? This madcap documentary reexamines the Cultural Revolution and restores the once bright reputation of Mao Zedong. "The Passion of the Mao" begins by correcting misconceptions about Mao's early years. Unlike the tyrants with whom he is usually compared, Mao was a successful scholar and businessman before he became a rabble-rouser. By the mid1950s, he had unified China, spurred an impressive rate of growth, restructured the education system, and improved living standards. Then he became a Maoist. Mao devoted the rest of his life to eliminating the centralized Soviet bureaucracy he and his colleagues had built. The film takes viewers back to the 1960s. Successful women and men, some now professors at major universities in the West, credit Mao and especially the Cultural Revolution for making them feminists and allowing them access to education. During the Cultural Revolution, Mao brought Western-style ballets and operas, reinterpreted in Chinese... Written by Lee Feigon

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11 March 2006 (USA)  »

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Shameful revisionism
15 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The man killed possibly 50 million people; a population the size of Canada in 3 years alone during the Great Leap Forward. Teachers in the city I am writing this, Peking, were tortured and murdered by the thousands amidst 10 years of chaos. But hey! At least they closed down schools and promoted mind-numbing Peking Opera and gave women the freedom to work like slaves like the men. And he let the Dalai Lama escape, after (neglecting to mention that Mao was the one who invaded Tibet and massacred countless numbers). Imagine mocking a humorous documentary about Stalin or Hitler! But because the millions of dead were only little yellow Chinamen, their deaths don't deserve consideration and Americans for whom this was made who know nothing about the history can enjoy the infantile animation and music. www.tracesofevil.blogspot.com


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