From Mao to Mozart (1981): Oscar Winning Documentary

Murray Lerner’s From Mao to Mozart won the 1981 Best Feature Documentary Oscar Award.

In 1979, violin virtuoso Isaac Stern embarked on a goodwill tour of China. Filmmaker Murray Lerner joined him with his piercing camera.

The best scenes involve Stern’s tutoring several gifted Chinese students, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music director Tan Shuzhen’s recollections of his travails in China of the 1960s.

Well-balanced, the film pays due respect to both Eastern and Western musical culture


Running time: 114 minutes.

Directed By: Murray Lerner

DVD: Feb 27, 2001