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 Post subject: Segal on 4 Current Dance Films
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2000 11:20 pm 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> Indeed, you might conclude that each of these films depicts<BR> dance as a kind of underground religion (though "Dancer in the<BR> Dark" is no less reverential about song), because looking into the<BR> gleaming eyes of their protagonists, you're watching something<BR> much closer to classic film treatments of the uncomprehending,<BR> fatally disruptive Joan of Arc or Bernadette of Lourdes than the<BR> sweaty, sexy, worldly leads in "Flashdance," "Dirty Dancing" or<BR> "Saturday Night Fever." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Lewis Segal, for the LA Times, considers all four of the current releases: 'Bootmen', 'Billy Elliott', 'Dancer in the Dark', & 'Centrestage', and raises some interesting points. If you're a film buff, you'll want to read this...<BR> <A HREF="http://www.latimes.com:80/news/asection/20001015/t000098088.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.latimes.com:80/news/asection/20001015/t000098088.html</A> <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>...this summer's made-in-America feature,<BR> "Center Stage" (about students in a ballet workshop that ultimately<BR> becomes a contest), put plenty of aggressive virtuosity on the<BR> screen without making any of it matter. Even "Bootmen" finds more<BR> to dance about than that. <BR> Just like "Billy Elliot" and "Dancer in the Dark," it dances about<BR> the links between family members; about living life in every muscle<BR> at every moment; most of all about making the cruelly confined,<BR> deafening, smoky industrial wasteland into a context for art. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>

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 Post subject: Re: Segal on 4 Current Dance Films
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2000 9:58 am 
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Silly me - I really liked "Center Stage". I thought it dealt with some issues that need to be thought about - anorexia - dancing to satisfy others - like a ballet mother, etc. Has there ever been a dance film that the critics really liked?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2000 10:03 am 
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'The Red Shoes'?


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