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Breaking with Old Ideas is a product of Chinese Community Party chairman Mao Zedongs concept of a new world in which all social relationships are transformed Li Wen-Hua made the film during the last years of the Cultural Revolution in the PRC Peoples Republic of China The film dramatizes the struggle for proletarian control of education at an agricultural college during the Great Leap Forward and makes it clear that the leading party members can still promote bourgeois ideas and only the masses can rectify these leaders to ensure that education truly helps to build socialism Breaking with Old Ideas shows an introduction to the politics of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution with concrete examples of how class struggle continues under socialism and how communists can wage that struggle successfully by mobilizing the masses to criticize those in positions of authority taking the capitalist road Mao launched the Cultural Revolution during his last decade in power to renew the spirit of the Chinese revolution We must reform the arts faculties in the universities The students must go down and engage in industry agriculture and commerce 201 Reader said Mao Mao shut down Chinas schools and during the following months he encouraged Red Guards to attack all traditional values and bourgeois things and to test party officials by publicly criticizing them Mao believed that this measure would be beneficial both for the young people and for the party cadres that they attacked Breaking with Old Ideas show how Maos program works and encourages low class peasants to do the same Breaking with Old Idea is about a teacher whose spectacles and manner suggest he is a backward element undergoes a late but speedy conversion to the cause of educational popularization Such changes however were but sideshows to the main thrust of the plot 139 Reader said Clark The film suggests that Maos idea of Cultural Revolution will make the country better for the
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