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Garden of ease
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Created by Julia Robertson-Davisson. Produced by Garry Derksen. Written and Directed by Christopher Laing. Camera: Markos McDaniel, John Gossett, Garry Derksen, Lee Anne Muldoon, Linda Baker. Sound: Markos McDaniel. Edited by Christopher Laing, Garry Derksen, John Gossett. Music by Jean-Michel Jarre, from “China”. Special thanks to Hilary Johnston, James Yu and the staff of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. A Vancouver Film School Production.
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1 videocassette (11 min., 12 sec.) : VHS, col., sd., stereo
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Item is a documentary film about the Taoist meanings of various elements of the design in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden. The film opens with a street scene of Chinese New Year, including lion dances, firecrackers, and a parade. The main film is an interview with James Yu, the maintenance coordinator of the garden. He discusses the contrasting elements (yin and yang), the different kinds of plants (plum, bamboo, and pine), the leak windows, the upturned eves, and the reflections in the water, and then presents a Taoist interpretation of each of them. The narration is supplemented with film footage of the gardens illustrating each point in turn. The film concludes with more footage of garden views and details.
Light scanlines at the bottom of the image run throughout, with occasional additional minor video artefacts.
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Copyright: owner unknown; expiry: 2039-01-01.
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