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The Dancer

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Description

From the American midwest to the toast of the Belle Epoque cabarets

French singer/actress Soko (Augustine) and Lily-Rose Depp lead a star-studded cast in Stéphanie Di Giusto’s spec­tacularly mounted screen biography, inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance and theatrical performance in late 19th-century Paris. Nothing in her background destined Loïe Fuller (Soko), born in the American Midwest, to become the toast of the Belle Epoque cabarets – or to perform at the Paris Opera. Hidden behind metres of silk, her arms extended by long wooden rods, the athletic Fuller was able to reinvent her body on stage, enthralling her audiences a little more every night with her revolutionary “Serpentine” dance.

Dazzling the capital, she became an icon, the blazing symbol of a generation. Eminent admirers fell to her feet: Toulouse-Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers, Rodin. Even if the physical effort risked destroying her back, even if the glare of the stage lights seared her eyes, she never faltered in the quest to perfect her art. But it was Loïe’s meeting with Isadora Duncan (Depp) – a beautiful young prodigy hungry for glory – that threatened everything: her stature, her confidence and her sanity. With excellent support from Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and François Damiens, this gorgeously realised debut charts the remarkable destiny of a woman ahead of her time, one who revolutionised her art to a degree that still astounds over a century later.

Critic Reviews:

  • “Those interested in dance history-or who appreciate unconventional heroines and like to luxuriate in transporting period dramas-will absolutely love The Dancer.” – Film Journal International
  • The Dancer is so dreamily shot, with such nakedly committed acting by music artist SoKo, that you can almost forgive its narrative gaps-and the considerable liberties it takes with historical fact.” – Georgia Straight
  • “The staging of Fuller's work (notably her Serpentine Dance) is beguiling, even if some patchy editing has been used to switch between the actors and their body doubles.” – South China Morning Post
Release date Australia
March 8th, 2018
Manufacturer code:
PAL173
Number of Discs
1
Length (Minutes)
104.0
Language
French
Subtitles
English
Brand
Countries of Production
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • France
Genre
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9322225225169
Product ID
27575174

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