Mao’s Last Dancer

Time:

  • 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m
  • December 10, 2010

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E. Olive Avenue

Synopsis

MAO’S LAST DANCER is the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer.

Based on the best selling autobiography, MAO’S LAST DANCER weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. The film compellingly captures the struggles, sacrifices and triumphs, as well as the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile.

MAO’S LAST DANCER stars Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet making his impressive screen debut as Li Cunxin. The cast is rounded out by Bruce Greenwood (STAR TREK; THE SWEET HEREAFTER), Kyle Maclachlan (“Sex and the City”; “Desperate Housewives”), Joan Chen (LUST, CAUTION; THE LAST EMPEROR) and Amanda Schull (CENTER STAGE; “One Tree Hill”).

Directed by Bruce Beresford
2010, 35mm, 117 minutes
In English and Mandarin (with English subtitles)

Reviews

Lovely and astounding, Mao’s Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.
Tom Long, Detroit News
A melodramatic clash of ideologies and a warm, deeply moving third act lift Mao’s Last Dancer above politics and into the realm of emotion, art and beauty.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
The film celebrates artistic freedom without preaching a sermon, and often flies when Mr. Chi is on screen. When he is on stage, spinning and leaping to the strains of magnificent music, the film soars.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Lovely and astounding, Mao’s Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.
Tom Long, Detroit News
A melodramatic clash of ideologies and a warm, deeply moving third act lift Mao’s Last Dancer above politics and into the realm of emotion, art and beauty.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
The film celebrates artistic freedom without preaching a sermon, and often flies when Mr. Chi is on screen. When he is on stage, spinning and leaping to the strains of magnificent music, the film soars.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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