Morning Sun (2003)



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Co-directors Geremie Barme, Carma Hinton, and Richard Gordon continue their examination of communist China, focusing on the 1964-1976 period known as the Cultural Revolution, with their 2003 documentary Ba Jiu Dianzhong De Taiyang (Morning Sun). Following in the vein of their 1995 film about the demonstrations and massacre at Tiananmen Square, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Barme, Hinton, and Gordon returned to China -- in secrecy, due to the notoriety they gained from their first film -- in order to research the history of the Cultural Revolution, as well as to interview participants and survivors of the notoriously violent and critical political and philosophical movement. Spanning from Mao Zedong's initial counter-capitalist proclamations from the mid-'60s to the communist leader's death in 1976, Morning Sun traces the movement's critical points which, more or less, turned the nation's population against itself. Morning Sun was included in the Forum Program at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.
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A densely packed documentary that is about as comprehensive a look at the Cultural Revolution as can be imagined in a two- hour work.

Full Review… | April 2, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's chilling and enraging to take in this portrait of revolution gone mad.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
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A gripping look at Mao's Cultural Revolution.

October 22, 2003
New York Post
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Does a thoughtful job of streamlining the bloody realities - both literal and psychological -- of China's Cultural Revolution into roughly two hours of film.

October 22, 2003
New York Times
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It's as good a sign as any of how absorbing Morning Sun is that the film's sudden ending makes you greedy for more.

Full Review… | October 22, 2003
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Gripping, relentlessly tragic retelling of life in revolutionary times.

Full Review… | October 21, 2003
Village Voice
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