Now Playing in Beijing: TRIUMPH OF THE PAGEANT
On the eighth hour of the eighth day of the eighth month in 2008 (Beijing time), the Communist run economic powerhouse and 1.5 billion people strong Chinese Machine finally had their coming out party.
The first images are streaming in from the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Famed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (who has been responsible for Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and Curse of the Golden Flower) staged the epic event with all the grand pageantry of his signature films.
The images are dreadfully beautiful and sumptuous, though the particular slide show linked below also features a hilarious shot of our President Dubya and the wife Laura with horrified looks on their faces as they are shown to their seats. Could they be afraid of a little propaganda? I highly recommend clicking the link and flipping through all the photographs to get the full effect of the power of what has been staged:
I’ve been trying to avoid political commentary on this blog lately, but these amazing images couldn’t go unnoticed. Why does it all remind me of Leni Reifenstahl, Triumph of the Will, and the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics?
Above: In 1936 Berlin modeled their stage after ancient Roman coliseums.
Below: The modernism of Beijing’s center stage for the games in 2008 shows how times have changed.
The Opening Ceremonies will be televised tonight on NBC.
To keep track of the overall Medal Standings as the Olympics progress, click below:
Written by David H. Schleicher