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'Farewell My Concubine' Chinese opera debuts in 3D in Hollywood

Screening of opera "Farewell My Concubine" was the first Beijing opera to be filmed in 3D.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   May 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM
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HOLLYWOOD, May 31 (UPI) -- For the first time ever, a Beijing opera filmed in 3D was screened with the premiere of Farewell My Concubine on Friday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The production was the first of several Beijing operas scheduled to be filmed in 3D.

Director Junjie Teng altered the traditional staging and performance of the classic opera in order to make it more appealing to younger audiences. The original production time of more than 2 hours was also reduced to about 100 minutes.

"This way, we can begin to let Western audiences understand Eastern art, understand how each culture has its own brilliance," Teng told The Hollywood Reporter. "Then we can grow closer to one another and appreciate culture from all over the world as valuable."

The film also marked the first time a Mainland Chinese film was made with both 3D and Dolby Atmos surround sound technologies.

The screening was presented by the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and Television and was encouraged by China's consulate in Los Angeles to acknowledge the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the United States.

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