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From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1979)

G | | Documentary, Music | 1979 (China)
Isaac Stern's cultural tour of China is seen, with the master violinist performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians. He visits rehearsals of the Peking Opera, meeting with their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Isaac Stern Isaac Stern ... Himself
David Golub David Golub ... Himself - Pianist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Delun Li Delun Li ... Himself
Ching-Ling Soong Ching-Ling Soong ... Herself (as Madame Sun Yat-Sen)
Leonard Woodcock Leonard Woodcock ... Himself
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Isaac Stern's cultural tour of China is seen, with the master violinist performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians. He visits rehearsals of the Peking Opera, meeting with their musicians who use traditional Chinese instruments, and also visits a sports academy and other venues. The lingering effects of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), which opposed any western influences and oppressed those who introduced western approaches, are evident in the lack of skill development among many of the young musicians and the emphasis on technical skill rather than artistic interpretation. Written by scgary66

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Documentary | Music

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Official Sites:

The Four Oaks Foundation

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

1979 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

De Mao a Mozart See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,205,934

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,205,934
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Mono

Color:

Color
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excellent, sensitive coverage of the effect of the cultural revolution on musicians in China
21 October 2000 | by ddawSee all my reviews

This is one of the most moving films I have ever seen. The 'language of music' gets a lot of mileage in general, but here you see it as the common voice of people who have no other mutual language. It is a film of great sensitivity and honesty, showing the depths of tragedy people experienced under the Cultural Revolution in China, as well as an engaging whirlwind tour into the rich world of traditional and modern (well, 1980s) China. Stern's master classes with young Chinese students are delightful - humorous, enlightening and beautifully human. Well worth seeing or owning.


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