Forever Enthralled


4 Mar 2009 – Distractions

Here it has been pouring cats and dogs in the afternoons the past few days, lovely and cool. When the weather turns upside down, it will certainly effect our health. When the Dow slides down to the 6,000s, going to the library (free) & movies (as senior S$4 is a good deal to watch movies on the big screen) are good distractions from these havoc!

The China Post’s Erika Wang on Chinese movie 梅蘭芳 Forever Enthralled: about the life of Peking opera artist Mei Lanfang takes us through the rise of Mei’s career, all the while depicting the constant struggle between Mei the person and the persona. Mei is credited for raising the status of Peking opera and promoting the art form on the international stage and also for being a patriot in his refusal to perform during the Japanese occupation of Beijing.

There is a quiet dignity portrayal of Mei, almost to the point of appearing devoid of emotion off stage, as if he was saving it for his performances. Though not quite matching the cinematic caliber with Farewell My Concubine, Chen Kaige once again invites the audience into a world that he portrays so well, the traditional art of Peking opera, set against the nuances and social mores of times past. It is worth watching. 

Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading – WH Auden

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