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Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)



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This film is about the American artists Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, who in the 1950's broke into the modern dance scene. The story also follows their forty-seven year long marriage and creative partnership.


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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

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 | Rating: 3/4

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

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

March 13, 2009 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Leaves you wondering why its subjects are not widely recognized as national treasures.

March 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

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 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
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