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The Turandot Project

The Turandot Project (2001)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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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

May 28, 2002

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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.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: 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.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 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.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Newsday
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East meets West in this less-than-special documentary.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

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

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

February 16, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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.

September 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.

September 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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

September 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

A low-cal account of artistic endeavor and sacrifice.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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