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A Chinese cracker : the making of The peony pavilion in Shanghai, New York and Paris

Author: Shizheng ChenRobert PowellDerek BaileyBill ShebarMing ZhouAll authors
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, [2003]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The peony pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love literally triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their monumental effort of staging the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Despite resistance by the Chinese  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Named Person: Xianzu Tang; Xianzu Tang
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Shizheng Chen; Robert Powell; Derek Bailey; Bill Shebar; Ming Zhou; Xianzu Tang; Reiner Moritz Associates.; Special Broadcasting Service (Australia); Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe.
OCLC Number: 51465112
Notes: Originally produced in 2000; released on videocassette in 2001.
Credits: Camera, Yves Terrenoire.
Performer(s): Narrator, Robert Powell.
Description: 1 videodisc (53 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R.
Other Titles: Making of The peony pavilion
Responsibility: an RM Associates production in association with SBS TV ; written and directed by Derek Bailey ; China and United States sequences directed by Bill Shebar.

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"Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The peony pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love literally triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their monumental effort of staging the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Despite resistance by the Chinese government and the project's inherent difficulties, the debut at the Lincoln Center was an overwhelming success. Coverage of rehearsals, set construction, and costume preparation is combined with interviews with Chen Shi-Zheng and his musical director Zhou Ming, who place this masterpiece in its historical and cultural context"--Container.

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