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Tan Dun - Tea / Broken Silence

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Tea: This film recounts how Chinese composer Tan Dun wrote the opera Tea, a tragic love story set against the background of the Japanese tea ceremony. This film by Frank Scheffer includes interviews of Tan Dun, librettist Xu Ying, and director Pierre Audi

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Juxtapositions
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WPJ6NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This recent entry in the Juxtapositions series of documentaries on contemporary classical music features two films with a spotlight on Tan Dun. The Chinese-born New York resident composer has won wide acclaim over the last 15 years for his music where East meets West.

Frank Scheffer's film TEA (2005) works best as a making-of production to accompany the Deutsche Grammophon DVD of Tan Dun's opera Tea: A Mirror of Soul. Chronicling the 2002 Tokyo premiere by the Netherlands Opera and the NHK Symphony Orchestra, it features interviews with Tan Dun, the librettist Xu Ying, and the director Pierre Audi. I think the opera is pretty weak, but the documentary did increase my enjoyment of it somewhat by showing how many of the jerky, erratic mannerisms in the initial scenes are derived from Chinese shadow puppetry.

The second film is Eline Flipse's BROKEN SILENCE (1995). Covering much more than Tan Dun, it tells of several other Chinese composers who grew up during the Cultural Revolution and were stunned by the discovery of Western music after China opened up in the late '70s. We meet Chen Qigang, who studied with Messiaen. Qu Xiaosong entered music only at the age of 20 after falling in love with opera. His style is marked by very few notes, held at great lengths with powerful but imperfect silences between. Guo Wenjing is the only composer profiled here who chose to stay in China, writing Western music for exotic Chinese instruments. All these composers roomed together at the Beijing Conservatory, and there's an amusing scene where they talk about the difficulties of dormitory life.
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By brad g dutz on December 13, 2013
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really sleepy music much worse than any of his film music , I can watch crouching tiger hidden dragon at any time and hear something good in TANs music but this dvd is a sleeper ,, not one interesting note in this mess
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