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Carmen and Geoffrey

Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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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

Jul 21, 2009

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

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.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Proves too slight to encompass the innovative artistry of its celebrated subjects...could still wow cognoscenti and philistines alike.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Both subjects are interviewed at length, and the filmmakers have unearthed some rare, arresting black-and-white dance footage from the '50s and '60s.

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

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
Sly Fox

Carmen & Geoffrey presents spectacular performances combined with remarkably intimate interviews that reveal the hearts, souls and techniques of two of America's master dancers.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

The first battle to be fought in making a documentary is to pick a compelling subject; the filmmakers have two.

March 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook
Critic's Notebook

Extraordinary film clips are must-sees for any dance fan and emphasize the extraordinary breadth of their artistry.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Mostly compelling, warm and lively, but ultimately deficient in truly profound revelations or insights.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

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.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

A scruffily informal yet wholly charming documentary portrait of an endlessly entrancing New York artistic couple.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

By the film's end, one feels glad to have made their cinematic acquaintance.

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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

March 8, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

There is much to applaud and ruminate over.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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