L’Orient est rouge

PRC showmanship, old style…


  1. Madam Miaow said,

    August 24, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Again with the childhood memories, Splinty. Yay! Go on you reds …

  2. Nathaniel said,

    August 24, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I know the whole film can be got on eDonkey network, since I got it from there. Perhaps I should upload the whole thing to Google Video (it has Chinese and English subtitles, which can sort of be seen in the lower quality youtube snippet embedded above).

    Warning: It all ends in peasant folk dancing.

  3. Nathaniel said,

    August 25, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Inspired by this post, I’ve put my copy of the film up on Google Video (same digital copy, I’m sure, used for the youtube above). It took a real quality hit, and at times the subtitles are heard to read, but it is the whole film. Unfortunately only part 1 is viewable right now, because it takes a while to process (both are uploaded, though). I’ll update when part 2 becomes available:

    Also, it takes a few hours for Google to process added information, but this is the information I’ve put for the videos:

    The East is Red – 东方红 (Dongfang Hong) – China – 1964

    A song and dance epic produced by the People’s Republic of China on the cusp of the Cultural Revolution.

    “What sort of film would have resulted if, in the mid 1960s, Busby Berkeley, fresh from his gig on ‘Jumbo’, had been invited by none other than Chairman Mao to realize a project styled ‘a song and dance epic’, for the benefit of the entire People’s Republic of China to digest as a picture show entertainment? Something flashy, but with a message. Something to enliven and uplift the people in ways that even the ‘Little Red Book’ could not achieve. Well, Buzz never took up the ‘offer’, but the film which emerged, ‘Dongfang Hong’ (aka ‘The East is Red’) certainly ranks as one of the most impressive musicals ever made, despite being buried in obscurity. Film critic Elvis Mitchell, upon seeing clips of ‘Dongfang’, thought first of Vincente Minelli as far as style is concerned. It’s true, there’s more of ‘An American in Paris’ here than ’42nd Street’, but that’s where the film’s message comes in: wow the people.”


  4. Nathaniel said,

    August 25, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Part 2 is now up:

  5. splinteredsunrise said,

    August 25, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Ah thanks Nathaniel… it all comes flooding back…

  6. ejh said,

    August 25, 2008 at 11:08 am

    This is a closing ceremony gag, yes?

  7. splinteredsunrise said,

    August 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Well, if David Beckham drove by in a double decker bus…

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