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Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)



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Filmmakers Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob present this affectionate portrait of dance icons Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, who fell in love back in 1954, and quickly went on to become a New York institution. The year they first met, de Lavallade was making a name for herself in modern dance, and Holder was a respected painter and dancer from Jamaica who had just risen to fame as the world-renowned choreographer of The Wiz. A marriage proposal quickly followed, and 50 years later the couple is still setting the world on fire. Archival footage and candid interviews offer a glimpse into the remarkable lives of the two consummate professionals who never let fame get in the way of true love.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Jul 21, 2009
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

One doesn't have to be a dance aficionado to be drawn to this film, but if you are, Lavallade's observations about the difficult work of dance -- and choreography -- are as poetic as they are illuminating.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Denver Post
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Laugh if you want to, but this movie is a joyful celebration of the possibilities of love, the possibilities of blackness, the possibilities of America, and the possibilities of the human spirit. It's a tremendous tonic for dark times.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
Top Critic

Proves too slight to encompass the innovative artistry of its celebrated subjects...could still wow cognoscenti and philistines alike.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Top Critic

Both subjects are interviewed at length, and the filmmakers have unearthed some rare, arresting black-and-white dance footage from the '50s and '60s.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
New York Post
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Leaves you wondering why its subjects are not widely recognized as national treasures.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
New York Times
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Given that Carmen and Geoffrey focuses on two of the most innovative figures of African-American modern dance -- Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder -- it's a shame that this film is both uncreative and technically maladroit.

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
Time Out
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