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
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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.
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.
Proves too slight to encompass the innovative artistry of its celebrated subjects...could still wow cognoscenti and philistines alike.
Both subjects are interviewed at length, and the filmmakers have unearthed some rare, arresting black-and-white dance footage from the '50s and '60s.
Leaves you wondering why its subjects are not widely recognized as national treasures.
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.
A fitting tribute to a pair of extraordinary overachievers and as a touching portrait of over a half century of black-on-black love and of lives very well lived.
Carmen & Geoffrey presents spectacular performances combined with remarkably intimate interviews that reveal the hearts, souls and techniques of two of America's master dancers.
The first battle to be fought in making a documentary is to pick a compelling subject; the filmmakers have two.
Extraordinary film clips are must-sees for any dance fan and emphasize the extraordinary breadth of their artistry.
Mostly compelling, warm and lively, but ultimately deficient in truly profound revelations or insights.
It's a shame the film isn't more artful, but an imperfect look at [the] accomplished, unpretentious [dancer/choreographers Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder] is better than none at all.
A scruffily informal yet wholly charming documentary portrait of an endlessly entrancing New York artistic couple.
By the film's end, one feels glad to have made their cinematic acquaintance.
An intertwined video history of dancers Geoffrey Holder and Carmen De Lavallade that uses their devoted conjugal relationship as the whisper of a narrative arc.
As engagingly-chronicled by co-directors Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob, Carmen & Geoffrey stands as a fitting tribute to a pair of extraordinary overachievers and as a touching portrait of over a half century of black-on-black love and of lives very well l
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