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Singing Behind Screens (2003)

Cantando dietro i paraventi (original title)
A young man enters a brothel and sees a staged narration of a Chinese folk tale concerning a female pirate.

Director:

Ermanno Olmi

Writer:

Ermanno Olmi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Spencer ... Il vecchio capitano
Jun Ichikawa ... Vedova Ching
Sally Ming Zeo Ni Sally Ming Zeo Ni ... Confidente
Camillo Grassi Camillo Grassi ... Nostromo
Makoto Kobayashi ... Ammiraglio Ching
Li Xiang Yang Li Xiang Yang ... Supremo ammiraglio Kwo Lang
Wen Li Guang Wen Li Guang ... Dignitario imperiale
Chen Ruohao Chen Ruohao ... Emissario imperiale
Davide Dragonetti Davide Dragonetti ... Cliente ignaro
Alberto Capone Alberto Capone ... Cliente militare
Carlene Ko Carlene Ko ... Mery Red
Sultan Temir Omarov Sultan Temir Omarov ... Ammiraglio Thin Kwei
Bellini Zheng Bellini Zheng ... Il piccolo Guiady
Gaowta Shara Azzolini Gaowta Shara Azzolini ... Piratessa
Xuwu Chen Xuwu Chen ... Figlio del Cielo
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A young man enters a brothel and sees a staged narration of a Chinese folk tale concerning a female pirate.

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Drama | History | Music | War

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Official Sites:

Mikado [Italy]

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Italian | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

24 October 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Cantando por Detrás das Cortinas See more »

Filming Locations:

Podgorica, Montenegro See more »

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$1,071,748
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Features La bella corsara (1928) See more »

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L'oiseau de feu: Berceuse
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Interpreted by the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (as Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin)
Directed by Lorin Maazel
Published by Sugar Deutsche Grammophon
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Olmi's best?
16 March 2006 | by postcefaluSee all my reviews

There's a laconic but amazing beauty in Olmi's last release. "Cantando dietro i paraventi" is a song for all the adventures that we didn't experiment, for all the landscapes we'd never see. It's his more "wellesian" work and one of the movies that impressed me the most in the last five years. I don't want to think what would Greenaway do with this material but probably a total failure. This film from a veteran like Olmi remembers us that weerasethakul and Sang-soo are the present, not the future. After a long career and still recent his brilliant "Ilo mestiere delle armi", Olmi returns to a place that he never thought: the land of the filmmakers compromised with themselves and the history. It's amazing doing this in a rickety cinematography like Italy's. Cheers, signore Olmi


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