Farewell My Concubine Analysis

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“Farewell My Concubine” is a movie which delivers everything within three hours. The movie touches upon topics such as history, culture, love and human relationships. It presents China as a country with the extraordinary culture and elaborate politics. It also tells that in China, as in everywhere else, one can meet people with different values, characteristics, and mindsets. After watching the movie, I have learned about Chinese politics and culture in the early 20th century. I had a chance to get acquainted with Peking Opera which, surprisingly, became appealing for me. After the movie, I have started to appreciate Chinese culture. Although the cultural and political parts are engaging and I can talk for hours, I do want to dedicate the rest of my paper to the movie characters. The movie is full of personas that have interesting identities, but among the characters who caught my attention as I watched the movie was three main roles: Douzi, Shitou and Juxian, and the mother of Douzi. There was the time when I used to believe that what happens in the stage stays on the stage, theater roles cannot be influential for players. Actors can play roles that have nothing to do with their personal lives. But after watching the movie, I again realized that everything is connected. Why did Douzi become a famous star? The answer is pretty simple and straightforward. He felt his role and was able to connect it with his own life. Actually, it was not a role for him at all, the part he

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