Few of the people were performers. They were ordinary people who contribute to society – and if there is a celebration, then it should be for everyone from the Queen to a nurse. I feel happy that they can all have their moment to tell their story.
It was about real people and real events and showed the independent mind of the director, but at the same time it had so much humour. There was a strong sense of the British character….
In London there were more close-ups – it didn’t show the big formations. It had the human touch. In Zhang Yimou’s opening ceremony there was almost none of that. You could not push into a person’s face and see the human experience. What I liked most with this was that it always came back to very personal details. And that’s what makes it a nation you can trust; you see the values there. Anyone who watched it would have a clear understanding of what England is.
Ai Weiwei, who famously pulled out of the Beijing Opening in 2008, gave a glowing review of the Opening Ceremonies from Friday night. I couldn’t agree more.
Photos courtesy of the NY Times.
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