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If the Dancer Dances is a movie starring Davalois Fearon, Gino Grenek, and Meg Harper. If a dance is not danced, it vanishes. If the Dancer Dances follows a group of New York City's top modern dancers as they reconstruct an iconic...

Genres
Documentary
Director
Maia Wechsler
Starring
Gino Grenek, Davalois Fearon, Barrington Hinds, Meg Harper

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Product details

Genres Documentary
Director Maia Wechsler
Stars Gino Grenek, Davalois Fearon, Barrington Hinds, Meg Harper
Country USA
Runtime 1 h 23 min
Audio Português  English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles Português  日本語  Čeština  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Description If a dance is not danced, it vanishes. If the Dancer Dances follows a group of New York City's top modern dancers as they reconstruct an iconic and mysterious work by the legendary Merce Cunningham, revealing what it takes to keep a dance alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham's centennial, the film confronts one of the most urgent issues facing the dance world today: how do we prevent the loss of masterworks to time?

Top reviews

Thursday, 27 Aug 2020 13:49

It's a very thorough review of some of the documentaries that have recently been made on Thoreau, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and so on. With a couple of exceptions, these documentaries are deeply informative and, in some cases, poignant, as it is difficult to distinguish the good ones from the bad ones. One of the documentaries, called "Thoreau in the Woods," is a good example. This one tells of how one of the great pioneers in the founding of the West was an artist, who in his old age was unable to do much except drive a motorcycle across the prairie. A lot of the insight in the documentary is about his relationship with nature, the environment, and the great outdoors. Not surprisingly, he was deeply affected by nature. While the movie does not convey much of this, it is certainly worth seeing, even if it is somewhat lengthy. There is a wealth of information on Thoreau's life, and it is easy to forget that he was the oldest living man in the world at the time he wrote "The Civil War." His life has been chronicled, but only the later parts of his life are made known to us. A number of his essays and letters are also included. The inclusion of this material is rather unimpressive, because these essays do not seem to be the central focus of the documentary. I found myself mostly interested in what he wrote and wrote about. His focus was primarily on living a good life, not on philosophical discussions or philosophical questions. He focused primarily on helping people and he did it in a way that was simply good, plain and simple. He was concerned with people and they were his main concern. Although he was not really a man of great knowledge, he was a man of great wisdom. For this reason alone, I found this documentary a good one, but also that it was poorly produced and somewhat uneven in presentation. As a consequence, I think that it was very difficult to watch, because the documentary could have been quite informative and profound, but it was not. On the other hand, I think the film did a very good job of telling the story of Thoreau and his life, and the people who had a great impact on him, but without making it appear as if he was a very great man.
Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020 20:56

As I noted in my synopsis, The Dancer Dances is an audio film which explores a full year of CME during an important moment in cycling history. The director is Kim Skarsgard, who previously covered a similar year at the University of California, Davis. I also appreciated the efforts to include some professional sports figures in the project, particularly former California Golden Bears football coach Tim Montgomery, who led the NFL's All-Star team in 1999, and who is currently a baseball analyst for Fox Sports (comparable to the author of this piece). As one of the biggest obstacles to cycling's evolution is the sport's lack of transparency, much like the "white knight" type of sportsman, no one wanted to speak out against doping or malpractice, even though it's the practice of the sport itself. However, this year, thanks to the global response and the growing trend of documentary film-making, I would say that most sports are becoming more transparent. Why? Because most of us want to know what goes on behind the scenes, so that we can make informed decisions about their interests, not just what happens on the field. In addition, the sport itself has moved from a purely physical sport to a skills-based sport, like running. So much of the sport's history, its governing bodies, and even its name are also documented for the first time. And while the sport of cycling is certainly more developed than other sports, I think this film is a good addition to the growing collection of cycling films which cover the sport, as well as provide the best opportunities to have professional athletes talk about their profession in front of an audience. As such, this film is an important resource to those interested in cycling.
Sunday, 12 Jul 2020 21:37

This documentary was first seen on the day before I celebrated my tenth birthday. At the time I had never heard of it but my friends insisted it was worth seeing, so I agreed to watch it. The documentary describes in depth the relationship between the two, from the people they met at dances to the relationship between them as a whole. The documentary's message is important, as it allows the viewer to realize that this friendship is what the United States was made up of. However, the documentary is not without faults. It often teases the viewer with it's level of reality, for example, I was expecting to see a very political documentary that was more about how these two people got together than the relationship they have today. Some of the jokes are, as I mentioned, funny but they are very much overshadowed by the reality of how difficult it is to make a relationship last on a human level, and even moreso when you have to care about two different parts of a person. Some of the jokes are also insensitive towards gay people, and the dialogue is full of homophobic comments, as I mentioned previously. Overall though, the documentary is an interesting look at two people who have been close for so long, and in particular an insightful look at the person who has done most of their dancing in the United States. I would definitely recommend watching this documentary, it's interesting, and hopefully will inspire the viewer to think about the importance of friendship. I give this documentary a "B+".
Sunday, 03 May 2020 02:38

The Director's Cut is nearly three hours long but if you've seen the film you probably won't notice. The director's cut is stunning but the things the director did that were significant and notable were almost in the first version of the film. Here we have the director's cut. Some of the scenes that were removed were ones that would have been more fun to put in the film but that is probably the biggest reason why the film is one of the best I have seen. If you're a fan of the film, I think you'll love the director's cut as it has some really good pieces of the film. It was edited into the film so it should be easy to follow. There is a scene that I believe the director's cut did that was probably cut out of the original. There is a scene that shows the interviewer laughing at a podium so we see what the interviewer was laughing at. That scene was cut out of the original film so it made it really awkward. We also have a couple of scenes that were removed that were really good. When the interviewer goes to the Dancer to ask her for the question she was supposed to ask, we do get a lot of the footage. It's not so well edited but it shows how the interviewer is going to go about asking the question. Another scene that was removed that was really good was the interview with the Nobel Prize winner. It was cut out of the film because they could not fit everything they wanted into the film. One thing that is wrong with the film is that the filmmaker was not on site for the interviews but he did come to the parties to talk to the different people. One thing that was cut was the interview with the teacher. There was no one else in the audience who had seen the movie and so there was no one to hear what the teacher had to say. There are also a couple of scenes that were cut that were really great. When the interviewer is on the stage with his young student he asks her if she would like to become a dancer and she says yes. When he asks her how old she is she says 25. He asks her how long she's been dancing and she says 10 years. Then she starts to tell him about her life and the last time she danced she felt like she was dying. He asks her if she ever lost her love and she says no. He asks her about her past and she says she had to leave it. Then he asks her about her friend and she says that she would not tell him who she is because of what he would think. The interviewer comes to her to ask her about her friend and then says she's so lonely and so on and on. The filmmaker cut out a few of those scenes so we have a much more polished film that has more interesting shots and even some really good one-on-one scenes. Overall I would definitely recommend that people watch the director's cut. The only problem is that it is not nearly as good as the original. I give this film an 8 out of 10 because it is just a film. I would recommend that people watch the original and then watch the director's cut. That way you'll see what a good film is. The director's cut is a masterpiece and I would watch it over and over again.


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