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    Reader comments on The World

    Subject: 'the world' criticism addressed
    Date: Apr 19, 2007
    Sender: a studentPrevious | Next

    I found it to be an incredibly interesting film with an important message about the significance of globalization on contemporary China and its population. It shows the hunger of the people to be connected to the world. The idea that this theme park--incidentally called 'The World'--is in the heart of China (in its capital) demonstrates the grip of the modern world, and the fantasy of its riches and successes--on the Chinese populaiton. For example, at hte sight of a passport, Tao comments, "I envy you. You can go abroad. You can go anywhere. What freedom."
    All the devices used, like the precise use of ligting, symbolism, special effects and color choice show that the director had more in his mind than making a simple film with a minimal message. It really is truly intelligent, in a very subtle way. There is a scene where the Russian handler takes the passports of the Russian performers.They are thusly stuck in 'the World'--symbolic of the fact that all these workers, all these people (the Chinese, symbolically),are trapped in this world, this way of life, and despair of ever escaping it.

    I thereforecompletely disagree with all the slander and bad reviews of this film. If you have seen it and did not like it, if you have the time and are willing to sit through the length of it again, I encourage you to try to look for these things, and maybe your impression of it will improve.

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    Comment index:

  • I couldn't agree more with this review   from ida, Apr 27, 2005
  • Re: I couldn't agree more with this review   from Zhale, Jun 12, 2005
  • A Window onto The World   from LNC, Jul 3, 2005
  • Re: A Window onto The World   from Vtaltos, Oct 30, 2005
  • Re: A Window onto The World   from jody, May 20, 2009
  • [no subject]   from oy, Nov 27, 2005
  • your posting sucks   from Aleshka, Mar 25, 2006
  • [no subject]   from ryan, Mar 15, 2007
  • » 'the world' criticism addressed «   from a student, Apr 19, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from Mal Perry, Dec 5, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from stel22, Mar 27, 2008
  • Showbiz a yawn   from John Davis, Oct 12, 2007
  • the world   from Christopher, Jan 2, 2008
  • the world   from wren, Sep 1, 2010
  • I couldn't agree more with this review   from ida, Apr 27, 2005
  • Re: I couldn't agree more with this review   from Zhale, Jun 12, 2005
  • A Window onto The World   from LNC, Jul 3, 2005
  • Re: A Window onto The World   from Vtaltos, Oct 30, 2005
  • Re: A Window onto The World   from jody, May 20, 2009
  • [no subject]   from oy, Nov 27, 2005
  • your posting sucks   from Aleshka, Mar 25, 2006
  • [no subject]   from ryan, Mar 15, 2007
  • » 'the world' criticism addressed «   from a student, Apr 19, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from Mal Perry, Dec 5, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from stel22, Mar 27, 2008
  • Showbiz a yawn   from John Davis, Oct 12, 2007
  • the world   from Christopher, Jan 2, 2008
  • the world   from wren, Sep 1, 2010