The Turandot Project
The Turandot Project (2001)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 28, 2002
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News

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

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

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

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Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle

Presumably there's an interesting yarn buried in the project, but Allan Miller's drab, diffuse documentary never quite locates it.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

A fascinating peek not only at the world of opera but also at the discipline, artistry and the pride of the Chinese.

John Anderson
Newsday

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

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

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