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From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China Details

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In 1979, violin virtuoso Isaac Stern embarked on a goodwill tour of Red China. Filmmaker Murray Lerner went along for the ride, and the end result was the unforgettable feature-length documentary From Mao to Mozart. The best scenes involve Stern's tutoring and coaching of gifted Chinese students, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music director Tan Shuzhen's recollections of his travails in the less enlightened China of the 1960s. The film is extremely well balanced, treating Eastern and Western musical culture with equal respect and (sometimes) awe. Tan Shuzhen's won the 1981 "best documentary" Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 23, 1981

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Murray Lerner Best Documentary Feature 1980 Winner

Cast

David Golub
Tan Shuzhen
Isaac Stern
Isaac Stern
as Narrator
David Golub
as Narrator
Tan Shuzhen
as Narrator

Crew

Murray Lerner
Director
Murray Lerner
Producer
David Bridges
Cinematographer
Tom Haneke
Editor
Walter Scheuer
Executive Producer
Allan Miller
Artistic Advisor
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