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Turandot Project, The

Synopsis
In 1997, documentary film-maker Allan Miller embarked on a film project with renowned conductor Zubin Mehta and celebrated Chinese film director Zhang Yimou as they joined forces in a production of Puccini’s opera Turandot in Florence. Before the year was out, an extraordinary opportunity arose: to stage Turandot in its original setting in the Forbidden City of Beijing. The outdoor production was an undertaking on an epic scale-including the expansion of the site with the construction of huge new sets, the creation of hand-sewn Ming Dynasty costumes and the adding of hundreds of soldiers and local extras, to lend a lavish authenticity to the staging. This video chronicles an unprecedented cross-cultural collaboration, combining the pageantry of this opulent opera production with a cinematic portrait of the struggles and triumphs of Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou to mount their production in this most historic venue of China.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
1999
Year of production
1997
Notes
DVD special features: additional rehearsal footage, director and castbiographies, theatrical trailers.
Subjects
Music
Keywords
China; opera; Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
$29.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
84 minutes
Year
2003

Type
VHS
Format
NTSC
Price
$29.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
84 minutes
Year
2003

Distributor

Name

Zeitgeist Films

Email
clemence@zeitgeistfilms.com
Web
http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 212 274 1989
Fax
+1 212 274 1644
Address
247 Centre Street, 2nd Floor
New York
NY 10013
USA

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