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Modern Beijing Opera Hai Gang (The Harbor) VCD

  • modern beijing opera the harbor vcd
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Modern Revolutionary Model Play: The Harbor
Performed by Li lifang, Zhao Wenkui, Zhu Wenhu, Ge Shenqing, Zhou Zhuoran, Ai Shiju in 1972
VCD published by Beijing Cinema Audio-Visual Ltd
ISRC CNA089701540.

At the quay, a batch of seed rice should be loaded onto the oceangoing ship, and a group of foreign-aid wheat should be held into the warehouse. Young loader Han Xiaoqiang despises the loading and unloading job, loses spirit in rushing to transport, falls wheat packs. Qian Shouwei, enemy of class that hides, seizes the opportunity to mix glass fibre with loose wheat into the bag together, and instigates Han Xiaoqian to treat one seed rice as wheat and shoulder into the warehouse, attempts to make the incident to damage the international reputation of our country. Fang Haizhen, party branch secretary of loading and unloading team, finds the scattered bag, has people immediately to trace the accident cause. Turned over the storehouse that very night under her leadership, forced Qian Shouwei to show one's slip. She recalls the ideological education that compared to Han Xiaoqiang with the retired worker Ma HongLiang. Han Xiaoqiang is awareness, exposes Qian Shouwei's crime, thus uncovers this hiding class enemy, has finished the foreign-aid task.

The so-called eight model plays were officially formed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). They were the only plays performed at that time. Materials were from the communist activities or related subjects. Actually the then staged modern plays were not just limited to eight. They are the "The Legend of Red Lantern", "Sha Jia Bang", "The Harbor", "Takeover of Wei-Hu Mountain", "Hymn of Dragon River", "Battle on the Plain", "The Du-Juan Mountain", "Sweeping the White Tiger Regiment", "Pan-Shi-Wan" and "Red Woman Detachment". The model plays were then " translated" into other local operas. Usually that means adopting the play scripts as they were and changing the music accordingly.

Modern plays can be understood as a trial of reform to this grand old art. Traditional plays feature the stories of ancient or pre-modern Chinese history. There are certain forms for the costumes, the character face paintings, stage properties, musical melodies and stage actions. But most of these are not applicable to the modern plays. For example, modern weapons, such as pistols and rifles, are used on the stage in stead of pears and swords. Therefore new perforating forms were developed. The most famous change in the modern plays is the use of a huge orchestra including violins, piano etc instead of the usually small musical group, producing the most beautiful sounding effect. Stage setting was also enriched. Painted or light projected scenes were adopted. Costumes were different from the traditional plays. There were hardly any makeup applied. Therefore there was no face painted in the plays although some of the roles were still classified as painted faces.

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