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 Yimou began an even more ambitious plan -- to bring their +Turandot to China, where it… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Turandot emerges triumphant, but by the time it does, Mr. Zhang looks considerably older."
‑ Tom Sime, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"East meets West in this less-than-special documentary."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A sturdy, workmanlike job, evincing a high degree of competence if not a great deal of imagination."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The most interesting clashes are the cultural ones."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
"Presumably there's an interesting yarn buried in the project, but Allan Miller's drab, diffuse documentary never quite locates it."
‑ Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Miller has gone from relatively small-scale subjects into immensity with a delight called The Turandot Project."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Worthy viewing for anyone concerned about the state of classical arts."
‑ Rachel Howard, San Francisco Examiner
"the dedication they [Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou] display in putting on such a monumental work is a pleasure to watch."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A fascinating peek not only at the world of opera but also at the discipline, artistry and the pride of the Chinese."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Less music than you might prefer, but grand and moving."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Succeeds because of the monumental spectacle of all those people bringing Puccini's masterpiece to an audience."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"an engrossing account of a world event where beautiful, glorious music and theater unite us all."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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