Mao's Last Dancer

Mao's Last Dancer

DVD - 2011
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At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.
Publisher: [Canada] : Distributed by Mongrel Media, c2011
Branch Call Number: MAO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 20, 2019

Absolutely done in the most beautifull and exciting way so that one completely forgets one self and is living in the space and time of the story being told. I've rented the movie countless times, not just to watch the wonderful dance scenes, but to take in the feelings of different characters. Watching the brilliance of the dancing and costumes is thrilling and done to perfection. The ability to give feelings over the screen from fear, poverty, love, loyalty, generosity, trust etc makes movie going like it used to be back in my day. This is a must watch and thoroughly worth your while. Be sure to listen to Li Cunxin tell his story on a Youtube two part vid.

Feb 21, 2019

The colonial mindset espoused by this movie was a challenge to stomach. While I'm glad the protagonist had a good life, he made many irresponsible decisions that the movie glosses over.

Jun 05, 2017

A beautiful film and a revealing one about Communist China.

Dec 27, 2015

Great true story. The ballet dance sequences are marvelous and beautifully filmed.

Apr 14, 2015

Was very pleasantly surprised by this movie. Kept me interested throughout, told an interesting story, took me to beautiful places and environments. Well done, intelligent movie.

Mar 11, 2015

Excellent all the way. be sure and watch special feature. ~ ~ ~ ~

NewYorkViews Feb 20, 2015

Interesting film based on a true story with a great script, acting, and scenes.

d2013 Oct 17, 2014

A very touching and wonderful story!

theunknownpoet Mar 26, 2014

this movie was so eye onpening and so insightful

Jan 25, 2014

What a joy to watch this excellent movie based on the Li Cunxin Autobiography.
Seamless meshing of the best in Chinese, Australian and American cinematography.
Kudos to all and hearty thanks to EPL for making this gem available to members.

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Apr 14, 2012

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