Chair­man Mao hits the big screen

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

No space ro­bots un­til you’ve watched the ten­der his­tor­i­cal por­trait of Mao. That’s the mes­sage from the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, where re­lease dates for the lat­est Harry Pot­ter and Trans­form­ers flicks have been post­poned.

In­stead, lo­cal movie pun­ters can choose be­tween Be­gin­ning of the Great Re­vival, a ro­man­tic epic based on the swash­buck­ling life and times of Mao Ze­dong, made to com­mem­o­rate the PRC’s 90th an­niver­sary, or a reis­sue of The Found­ing of a Repub­lic, a film made to com­mem­o­rate the PRC’s 60th an­niver­sary.

The new Mao movie has not been re­ceived well: “I was con­fused through­out the en­tire movie,” a young Ts­inghua med­i­cal stu­dent told the New York Times this week. Wait un­til she sees Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon.

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