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  • Summary: The film Morning Sun attempts in the space of a two-hour documentary film to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes -- and reflected in the hearts and minds -- ofThe film Morning Sun attempts in the space of a two-hour documentary film to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes -- and reflected in the hearts and minds -- of members of the high-school generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and that came of age in the 1960s. (Long Bow Group, Inc.) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    It is a well-researched smorgasbord of newsreel and documentary footage spliced with current interviews with those on the front lines.
  2. Using newsreel footage, clips of artistic propaganda (e.g., joyful proletarian farm ballets), and interviews with survivors, the movie draws us into the annihilating fervor of an era in which purge followed upon purge, in escalating waves of terror and control.
  3. 90
    The story they are telling here is still in the process of being written. It's as good a sign as any of how absorbing Morning Sun is that the film's sudden ending makes you greedy for more.
  4. 75
    It's scary to see how one man can brainwash a gigantic nation, as Mao did.
  5. 70
    Does a thoughtful job of streamlining the bloody realities -- both literal and psychological -- of China's Cultural Revolution into roughly two hours of film.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Informative and richly illustrated documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Admirably balanced production that pulls the curtain back slightly on a little-charted period of modern Chinese history.

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