With peace again prospering in Vietnam, cultural activities -- so long abandoned because of war -- are again becoming an integral part of Vietnamese life.
GV ZOOM INTO CU Actor having wig arranged
SV Another actor having wig arranged
GV & CU Mr. Cang Troung being made up (5 shots)
GV & SV Play in progress as actors re-enact life of Lenin (5 shots)
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Background: With peace again prospering in Vietnam, cultural activities -- so long abandoned because of war -- are again becoming an integral part of Vietnamese life.
The former National Assembly building in Saigon is now a theatre here many talented actors and actresses are able to take part in plays and other theatrical activities.
A recent play that received wide acclaim was the "Kremlin Electrical Clock" - a stylised version of the life of Lenin. Portraying Lenin was Cang Truong, a television star under the old regime.
Although basically for entertainment, the play also skilfully gave its Vietnamese audiences the message of how a society can emerge through socialism.
When the war in Vietnam ended in May last year, Mr. Luu Huu Phuoc was appointed Minister for Information and Culture by the Provisional Revolutionary Government set up at the time. Under his guidance many cultural projects have been started and encouraged to flourish.
SYNOPSIS: Peacetime in Vietnam - and live theatre is flourishing. At the Saigon Theatre the finishing touches to this actors wig are all important, as performance time draws near.
The actors were getting ready for their recent production - the "Kremlin Electrical Clock" - a play based on the life of Lenin.
The leading role featured Cang Troung as Lenin. Cang Troung is well known in Vietnam and was a television star in his own right under the old regime.
With his return to traditional theatre, he took on a challenging role that ..ended great talent to interpret the dynamic personality and dedication of Lenin, the revolutionary.
With the aid of the skilful make-up artists in the company, Troung was able to achieve an almost complete metamorphosis and recapture on stage the former Soviet leader.
The plot of the play started at the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917 and traced the difficulties experienced by Lenin and his comrades as they struggled to mould Russia into a socialistic country and a world power.
When the Provisional Revolutionary Government was set up in Vietnam at the end of hostilities in May last year, Mr. Luu Huu Phuoc was appointed Minister for Information and Culture.
Under his influence plays such as this recent production have been promoted not only as entertainment but as a way of expressing the new government's aims and ideals for a new Vietnam.