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Shelter Star Cloth

Shelter

Shelter Stars’ cloth. Trevor Wright and Brad Rowe.

Shelter is a brokeback mountain type of movie, but it is more about family and life of human beings. It is much less depressive than the brokeback. Much more happy and positive, imaging and celebrating people’s loving and living. Hence accepted by all kinds of people. I happen to have a chance to watch this movie, I liked it a lot. The leading roles had all been giving a fantastic convincing performance, mostly by gestures and eye and facial expressions. It easily put most of the current popular American movies into shame, performing wise…

Cabaret Show in Sydney (2002)

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret Sydney

Cabaret is a famous Musical show based on Novel “Berlin Story”. It has been produced into a Hollywood movie starring Liza Minnelli. In 2002 there is a Cabaret Australia tour. In Sydney show, Australian Tina Arena, Ian Stenlake and Human Nature – Toby Allen staged the show. Compare to the Movie and the original Broadway album and many other interpretation, Sydney show did appear to be unique. Back then I recorded some sample from the show: (Info Link)

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Meryl Streep took it all.

Stolen Photos

Last night went to watch “Mama Mia” the movie. (Last time I was in Broadway, New York, I didn’t go to watch the Musical. I went to “Hairspray” instead.)

The movie was not Oscar leveled except Ms Meryl Streep‘s performance. Especially her singing “The Winner Takes it All”. OMG, is there anything this woman cannot do. Her singing took the audiences’ heart… Mergle Streep looks a lot like Hollywood old time mega star Greer Garson. Today, Ms. Streep’s career still keep reminding people Movie performance is an Art.

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Hollywood Black and White Chinese Movie

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ShanghaiExpress1

ShanghaiExpress2

ShanghaiExpress3

GoodEarth1

GoodEarth2“Shanghai Express” and “The Good Earth” are two old time Hollywood black and white movies. Both got Oscar best cinematography award and a Chinese based storyline. I got this two movies in VHS format in 1998. Back then, there is no DVD version. Even the VHS version was in back order. Meaning, the studio only publish them when the requested buying amount get to a certain number. I ordered them half a year earlier. Finally got them delivered from Amazon. I bought a then expensive Panasonic VHS video cassette recorder just to play this two movies. In “Shanghai Express”, both Marlene Dietrich and Anna May Wong were elegantly dressed (as you can see in image 2~4). Anna May Wong (image 4) was suppose to play the role of either first wife (image5) or second wife (image6) in “The Good Earth”. But the studio finally decided to give the roles to western actresses. However, the leading role – Olan (first wife) played by Austrian actress Luise Rainer was a sensational performance dynamite, which got her an Oscar best actress award that year (she was the winner the previous year too!). I love all roles played by Luise Rainer and virtually all movie she was in.

梅兰芳 Dr. Mei

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梅兰芳 (Link, Link)

The movie

His home in Beijing (museum).

昆曲《牡丹亭》(俞振飞、梅兰芳、言慧珠) – 惊梦 ( 则为你如花美眷似水流年; 原来姹紫嫣红开遍 )

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Chinese Opera – Perfomance

Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera

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