Tinsel news: Lang Lang gets a Hollywood biopic

The soft-soap Hollywood director Ron Howard has been signed to film Lang Lang’s life story.

The executive producers are Lang Lang and his agent, Jean-Jacques Cesbron.

Howard made the recent glossy biopic of Pavarotti.

Objections are already being raised that westerners lacking in an intimate knowledge of China’s rcent history cannot grasp the background of the country’s greatest entertainment celebrity.

Lang Lang with Cesbron

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  • Ooooh, the biopics of Lenny and Lang Lang coming out (no pun intended) next year, which bi(dextrous!) pianist should I see?

    I’d rather have Yuja Wang walk on my finders with steel heeled stilettos than see either movie.

  • It’s interesting that the only people who raise objections about “westerners” are those who moved from China to the West at the age of 6 and who has no clue about Chinese culture themselves.

  • After Howard’s sickening puff piece on Pavarotti last year we know exactly what to expect from this Lang Lang charade. Cesbron promised to make Lang Lang a world superstar when he was wooed away from IMG Artists. Another brick on that facade is now out in place while the talent goes slowly down the drain as evidenced by the recent Goldberg Variations release.

    • Well, one wishes some others could play “Goldbergs” at least as well as Lang Lang, although Bach, definitely, is not his “FFF”. But a great master of the instrument Lang Lang always was, is and, most probably, will remain. His “Musikverein” recital is nothing short of unforgettable on all levels.

    • Agree with this. If this helps to attract more interest from more diverse audiences, it’s viable. The Hollywood’s version of Dr Zhivago has also little to do with the perception of this outstanding novel by a Russian reader, however, it did work well in making quite a few people around the world interested in the subject, and perhaps, in the great literature as such…

  • An apt title for this undoubtedly breathtaking chef d’oeuvre can be borrowed from the one of the best-known novels by renowned French writer Gilbert Cesbron, the namesake of Mr. Lang Lang’s agent:
    « C’est Mozart qu’on assassine »

    A Lang Lang performance rarely fails to remind me of this fine Cesbron novel, or rather of its title, which has become proverbial in the French language.

  • Ok, so he’s got incredible keyboard dexterity, and he’s a media superstar. But his musicianship is comfortably 2nd class. He’s engaged not for his artistry, but because he sells tickets. He’s a fine man, but for a great pianist, look elsewhere. (Ron Howard hasn’t a clue about this).

  • Oh, I see; more cultural appropriation. Off to the gulag for all of you!!! Howard will certainly end up there, with the thought police ready with an appropriate ‘cancel’.

  • i’d watch a documentary on yanni (or kenny g), or listen on stereophile headphones at volume 10 to celine dion’s my heart will go on for two hours’ straight before i watch any puff piece on lang lang.

  • As Mozart once said of Clementi, he is a mere mechanicus. The very same can be said of all these PRC automatons. They can play all the notes in the right order, but without any real soul.

    Listen to a real pianist, the celebrated Les Dawson, play his “wrong note” version of Scott Joplin’s Entertainer or as he refers to it as an amusing Tarandittle. It takes real talent to play the “wrong notes” but in the correct order.

    Even Roy Plomley was impressed.


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