GREAT TALES IN ASIAN ART
(1995) (RT 1:30)
(Produced and Directed by Perry Miller Adato)
Filmed on location in Asia, four beloved stories of India, Indonesia, Korea and Japan are told thru the masterpieces of visual art and the stirring performances these tales have inspired for centuries. Great Tales in Asian Art is an imaginative and entertaining introduction to the art of Asia.
The Ramayana: the epic adventures of India’s legendary hero are illustrated by Indonesian sculpture and Javanese shadow play, accompanied by a full Gamelan orchestra. Korean Masked Dance Drama: told by actors wearing audaciously conceived masks, social satire is “masked” with bold humor and comic dance. Gita Govinda: India’s great erotic poem is depicted in lyrical 16th century manuscript paintings and interpreted by a beautiful Indian dancer filmed in the ancient temple in Puri (Orissa, India). The Tale of Genji: written by a woman, it is the first Japanese novel. The amorous adventures of Prince Genji are recounted in the film by a Japanese woman in period costume while colorful paintings from ancient scrolls and screens illustrate Japan’s most famous romantic novel.
Maxwell K. Hearn, Curator in charge of the Asian Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art “…quite simply the finest program of Asian art that I have ever seen.”
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“…quite simply the finest program on Asian art that I have ever seen.”
–Maxwell K. Hearn, Curator of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art