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Man in Black

2023 1h 1m Documentary Biography Music List
100% Tomatometer 6 Reviews WANG Xilin, 86, is one of China's most important modern classical composers. The film exhibits the body and soul of a man scarred by a life of suffering, a "man in black" who is yet still capable of deep and sincere compassion. With excerpts from his symphonies, he revisits some of the horrifying events that still live on in his memory, as testimony to an era that saw the dehumanization of the Chinese nation. Read More Read Less

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Jonathan Romney Screen International It’s a sobering, striking work – as much performance piece as documentary per se, and a notable departure from Wang Bing’s usual objective observational mode. May 23, 2023 Full Review Matthew Carey Deadline Hollywood Daily Man in Black constitutes one of the most unique “biographical” documentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s not an assemblage of archive clips and interviews... This is more like an evocative tour of a man’s mind. Nov 18, 2023 Full Review Hector A. Gonzalez The Movie Buff The lens follows the maestro, as each composition traverses through your body and the words stick in your soul. Rated: B+ Oct 20, 2023 Full Review Siddhant Adlakha JoySauce.com It's an exceptional work of music criticism through cinematic technique, exploring the dynamic between an artist and his art—but it soon transforms even further, into a history lesson relayed both orally and musically Oct 10, 2023 Full Review Matt McCracken In Review Online But what [it] underscores... is that there is power in an unwavering orientation toward keeping memory alive and maintaining a faith in the truth spoken and experiences endured by people... who have been made to fight for their existence. Jun 5, 2023 Full Review Àngel Quintana Caimán Cuadernos de Cine After the words we listen to his symphonies, which have a grandiose tone, but Wang Xilin tells us that in them is the movement of a people in chains that cannot find their paths to freedom. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 1, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis WANG Xilin, 86, is one of China's most important modern classical composers. The film exhibits the body and soul of a man scarred by a life of suffering, a "man in black" who is yet still capable of deep and sincere compassion. With excerpts from his symphonies, he revisits some of the horrifying events that still live on in his memory, as testimony to an era that saw the dehumanization of the Chinese nation.
Director
Bing Wang
Producer
Lihong K., Sonia Buchman, Nicolas R. de la Mothe
Production Co
La Région Île-de-France, Goodman Gallery, Gladys Glover, Louverture Films, Wil Productions, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains
Genre
Documentary, Biography, Music
Original Language
Chinese
Runtime
1h 1m
Aspect Ratio
1.66:1