Farewell my concubine

Farewell my concubine

DVD - 2001 | Chinese
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A love story of two male Chinese opera stars and the woman who comes between them. Set in China from the turn of the century through the aftermath of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2001]
ISBN: 9780788816109
0788816101
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Farew 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 172 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container +,1 insert

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Nursebob
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.

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akirakato
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.

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richibi
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

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patch666
Mar 07, 2017

Beautiful classic filmmaking ~ 420

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