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The Turandot Project (2001)

The Turandot Project

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 577

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Movie Info

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
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 28, 2002
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Turandot Project

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (7) | DVD (2)

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

February 14, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Miller has gone from relatively small-scale subjects into immensity with a delight called The Turandot Project.

August 30, 2001
The New Republic
Top Critic

Less music than you might prefer, but grand and moving.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Newsday
Top Critic

East meets West in this less-than-special documentary.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

When Miller's documentary succeeds, it succeeds in conveying the minor miracle of pulling off any monstrous stage production: part diplomacy, part warfare, part vision.

Full Review… | May 30, 2002
Film Freak Central

Succeeds because of the monumental spectacle of all those people bringing Puccini's masterpiece to an audience.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A sturdy, workmanlike job, evincing a high degree of competence if not a great deal of imagination.

Full Review… | February 16, 2002
One Guy's Opinion

Worthy viewing for anyone concerned about the state of classical arts.

December 26, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

Mainly this is a film about what goes on backstage when you put on an opera, and that in itself was a treat to see.

Full Review… | September 17, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The most interesting clashes are the cultural ones.

September 13, 2001
New Times

the dedication they [Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou] display in putting on such a monumental work is a pleasure to watch.

Full Review… | September 4, 2001
Reeling Reviews

an engrossing account of a world event where beautiful, glorious music and theater unite us all.

Full Review… | September 1, 2001
Reeling Reviews

A complex tale smoothly told, and a major treat for music lovers.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Citysearch

A low-cal account of artistic endeavor and sacrifice.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Boxoffice Magazine

A generally impressive and visually spectacular piece of work, though the format allows for few surprises.

Full Review… | August 9, 2001
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