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From Mao to Mozart - Isaac Stern in China

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  • In 1979, as China reopened its doors to the west, internationally acclaimed classical violinist Isaac Stern received an unprecedented invitation to tour the country. While in China, Stern performed concerts and gave a series of master classes to talented Chinese musicians at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. This classic documentary records this extraordinary cultural exchange. Stern and David Golub, the pianist who accompanied him, narrate part of the film, while Tan Shuzhen, a deputy director of the Chinese Conservatory of Music, provides a different and complementary perspective on Chinese culture. In addition to the reissue of the acclaimed documentary which captured this significant event (and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary while doing it,) this video also contains the newer film MUSICAL ENCOUNTERS. This tracks Stern as he returns to China, twenty years later, and catches up with his old students, many of whom are masterful musicians in their own right.

    Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature 1980

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NVG9473

  • Credits
    Isaac Stern
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The] editing, photography and sound recording are all top-notch....An entertaining and perceptive documentary..."
    Variety

    "...Delightful....A most enjoyable record of a productive visit."
    New York Times

    "...Lerner fashioned an Oscar-winning documentary by showing how Stern's wit instilled zest into China's talented, but sometimes stiff, young musicians. The movie is still a jewel..."
    USA Today

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