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Documentary series remembers China's great masters


10-15-2016 02:11 BJT

'Masters of the Century', a documentary series honoring China's cultural figures of the 20th century is about to be showcased. During a recent seminar discussing the documentary, Chinese writer Mo Yan, also the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature, says the masters featured are not just remembered as individual artists, but are also part of the nation's cultural identity.

"The Masters of the Century" mainly follow the art careers of the country's greatest artists of the 20th century.

A joint production by China Central Television and Central Newsreel Studio, the series covers music, literature, drama, calligraphy and examines the lives of forty-two 20th century masters across these disciplines.

Peking opera master Mei Lanfang, Chinese painting master Qi Baishi and calligrapher Qi Gong are all featured.

"Through the documentary series, you'll see that these masters are blending with the people, they are inspired by the lives of ordinary people, and how the country evolved over time. Their works are reflections of China in the 20th century," said Lian Ji producer of "Masters of the Century".

"Masters of the Century" is a huge cultural project and it is very meaningful. The masters and their achievements really are closely linked with the rejuvenation of the nation. They are not just individual artists, they are part of our nation's cultural identity and integrity," said Mo Yan.

The series is expected to finish post production in early 2017.

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