The Turandot Project (2001)

The Turandot Project



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In 1997, orchestra leader Zubin Mehta, long noted for his fondness for unusual and challenging projects, had an idea to stage a new version of Puccini's opera +Turandot. While the opera is set in China during the Ming Dynasty, Mehta's desire was to stage a version that relied less on outmoded stereotypes and more on the realities of life in China during that period. Working with Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, Mehta staged an acclaimed new production of +Turandot in Italy. A year later, Mehta and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: May 28, 2002
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

Turandot emerges triumphant, but by the time it does, Mr. Zhang looks considerably older.

February 14, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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Presumably there's an interesting yarn buried in the project, but Allan Miller's drab, diffuse documentary never quite locates it.

Full Review… | December 21, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
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A fascinating peek not only at the world of opera but also at the discipline, artistry and the pride of the Chinese.

September 27, 2001
Miami Herald
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To see this passion playing out, to experience how much this production did mean to China, allows The Turandot Project to attain levels of emotion that complement those of Puccini's classic.

Full Review… | September 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Miller has gone from relatively small-scale subjects into immensity with a delight called The Turandot Project.

August 30, 2001
The New Republic
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Less music than you might prefer, but grand and moving.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
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