Du Fus poems come to his documentary to show the British people about China

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 Du Fus poems come to his documentary to show the British people about China


Michael wood, a British historian, said his interest in Chinese culture came from Dufu. During the interview, he could recite several translations of Du Fus poems, including the long poem Zhuang you: in the past 14 to 5, he went to the calligraphy field. Sven Cui Weitu, Im like Banyang...

Recently, the English documentary Du Fu: the greatest poet in China (hereinafter referred to as Du Fu) directed by wood was broadcast on the BBC, which attracted wide attention.

Poster for BBC Documentary Du Fu: the greatest poet in China.

Dufu is actually a work of selfishness and love for me, Wood said many times in an interview with Xinhua News Agency recently, stressing that the 59 minute documentary is his beloved work .

Wood was born in Manchester in 1948. When he was in middle school, he found a set of translated works of foreign literature in a local bookstore, one of which was the collection of poems by Du Fu.

When I opened the book and read the first sentence, I was fascinated. It brings me to another world, a world I never knew, so rich and wonderful. Since then, these poems have been in my heart.

Later, he learned about Li Bai, Meng Jiao, Bai Juyi and more poets of the Tang Dynasty, like Du Fu, they have never left me after so many years.

Four years ago, wood was known by many Chinese because of a large English documentary the story of China, which was broadcast on BBC and traced back to 5000 years of Chinese civilization. It is also related to the film that Du Fu was made.

Ten years ago, he went to China to shoot the story of China, during which he visited the World Expo in Shanghai, talked with the audience on the spot, asked them which dynasty they liked most in Chinese history, and the result surprised him, everyone answered the Tang Dynasty, and almost everyone mentioned Du Fu..

Last fall, the dream came true. Starting from Gongyi, Henan, the birthplace of Du Fu, he and his shooting team traveled back to Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha and other places along Du Fus footprints before his death, spanning half of China, and introduced the turbulent and worried life of Chinas sage of poetry from the perspective and narrative way of Westerners.

Screenshot of the documentary Du Fu: the greatest poet in China

In the film, wood not only praised Du Fu as the greatest poet in China, but also compared him with Dante and Shakespeare, the great masters of Western literature, and gave a high appraisal to the long-standing inheritance of Chinese poetry and culture.

In order to better convey the meaning of Du Fus poetry to the western audience, he invited Ian McLean, a British national treasure actor and Gandalfs actor in the Lord of the rings, to recite 15 translated works of Du Fus poetry.

To call Du Fu a poet only underestimates his importance in Chinese literature, because this term limits his status to poets. In western culture, we cant find a person who completely matches Du Fu, a person who embodies the emotion and moral sense of the whole civilization. Wood said so of Dufu.

It takes a lifetime to understand China

As a historian, woods field of study is medieval history. As a documentary director, he hopes to make the audience feel the history of temperature.

Most of his more than 120 documentaries are related to history - tracing the origin of civilization, the legend of Alexanders expedition, the story of India, the story of England, etc.

The story of China, which he wrote and presided over, traces back to Chinas five thousand year history from the perspective of ordinary Chinese, and tells the great historical changes of China from the ancient Xia, Shang and the reform and opening up era.

In the documentary of Du Fu, he is also pursuing the inheritance and significance of the ancient Chinese poetry tradition in todays China. He told reporters that in the process of field interviews and shooting in China, he found the answer and was deeply impressed.

The little girl reading happy spring night and rain in front of the gate of Chengdu Du Fu thatched cottage, the old man in Chengdu who goes to Du Fu thatched cottage once a month, the member of Hunan poetry reading fair, and the college students who compose and sing Du Fus poems From them, I can see clearly that Chinas excellent traditional culture has not disappeared and has been continuing.

Wood believes that documentary directors must have a sense of the culture of the country they are shooting, when shooting China, you must treat yourself as a Chinese to see the problem You have to resonate with the Chinese culture, or the audience wont understand what youre shooting. .

Since the early 1980s, wood has visited China more than ten times because of his travel or work. He still remembers that when he first came to China, people were wearing the same grey and blue Zhongshan suit, but since then, Chinas economy and country as a whole have changed so much that they have become another world.

He focused on this history in the documentary the story of Chinas reform and opening up and thought that if Westerners want to really understand Chinas present and future, they must understand what happened in China in the past 40 years.

For this film, he went to Anhui to interview the farmers of Xiaogang Village, to Wenzhou to talk with the self-employed people who got the first business license. Standing in the Haijiao opposite Hong Kong, he tells the legend of Shenzhen in the port now filled with huge containers. Only in this way can we tell the West such a complicated story as reform and opening up.

Screenshot of documentary the story of Chinas reform and opening up

For an outsider like me, it will take a lifetime to understand China. After many trips to China, I began to understand the Chinese way of looking at the world, and then I could understand their humor and social ways, Wood said. although the eastern and Western value systems have great similarities in the basic framework, they are not the same in many aspects, and it takes a lifetime to understand China.

Wood believed that Dufu was broadcast at the right time in the UK, which gave a weak light under the haze of the epidemic, and provided a new vision for the western audience, let them see China, to understand the feelings and thoughts of the Chinese people.

After the broadcast of the documentary, wood received positive feedback from many Western audiences, they told me that they were very happy to see a documentary about Chinese culture during the new crown epidemic.. He was also asked by the audience where the English version of Dufus poetry collection could be bought online in the UK. He wanted to concentrate on reading it during the period of isolation at home.

Homestead anti epidemic Britons are interested in China because of this small documentary, Wood said. The documentary has had a real impact and helped people of different cultures understand each other. Thats why I like to make documentary.

In Chengdu Du Fu thatched cottage, wood communicates with the local elderly. (picture provided by interviewee)

He mentioned that his hometown, Manchester, has always had a deep connection with China, where there is China city, the best Chinese restaurant in the UK, and Manchester University, a famous university attracting the most Chinese students in Europe.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Every September, you go to the street between Manchester City Center and university. You can see a lot of Chinese information for Chinese students posted on the street. You can feel the close connection between the city and China But for now, he is worried that the new crown epidemic will inevitably disrupt many normal exchanges between Britain and China, and that the prejudice caused by the epidemic may also damage Chinas relations with the West. In the face of some unfriendly voices against China, I feel the same as Chinese people, and I am very sad. Wood said that the more this time, the more we can realize the importance of cultural exchanges to promote mutual understanding. I look forward to the epidemic passing as soon as possible, Wood said, and we look forward to working together to build more cultural bridges to make the world a better place. Whats the recommendation for Du Fu to break the circle? Interview with the host of BBC Documentary Du Fu source: Xinhua International Author: Zhang Dalei guitao editor in charge: Huang Jiadi_ NNB6466

Every September, when you walk on the street from Manchester City Center to the University, you can see a lot of Chinese information posted on the road for Chinese students. You can feel the close connection between the city and China.

But for now, he is worried that the new crown epidemic will inevitably disrupt many normal exchanges between Britain and China, and that the prejudice caused by the epidemic may also damage Chinas relations with the West. In the face of some unfriendly voices against China, I feel the same as Chinese people, and I am very sad. Wood said that the more this time, the more we can realize the importance of cultural exchanges to promote mutual understanding.