Spielberg praises Zhang’’s genius for Beijing Olympic ceremonies

December 23rd, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

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New Delhi, December 23 (ANI): Steven Spielberg has paid tribute to the internationally acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou for his brilliant direction at the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The ET director lauded Zhangs vision for the Games ceremonies by saying the former cinematographer had stunned and charmed the world with his cinematic vision of China, reports the China Daily.

“In one evening of visual and emotional splendor, he educated, enlightened and entertained us all. In doing so, Zhang secured himself a place in world history, he said.

“This level of thematic and creative artistry is rare in the controlled realm of filmmaking, let alone in a multidimensional arena with thousands of performers and visual set pieces that seemed to border on the impossible - yet it was all happening live, before the eyes of the world.

“I was honored to have been one of the first people stirred and inspired by Zhang’’s ideas,” he added.

The Time magazine’’s had placed the creator-director of the ceremonies amongst its top people of the year along with president elect Barack Obama, French President Nicholas Zarkozy and US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. (ANI)

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