Cunningham Reviews

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January 31, 2020
Shot in vibrant 3D, the dance sequences veritably leap, spin and gyrate off the screen, offering a captivating visual spectacle that does more to spotlight Cunningham's ingenuity than all the eloquent droning of a dozen expert interviews.
January 29, 2020
I maintain as much of an appreciation for modern dance as I do for watching golf on TV. But this is a movie, and as such, anything can be, and in this case is, rendered cinematic.
January 23, 2020
The 90-minute film may not cohere into an overwhelming whole... But its subject will prove inspiring to many artists struggling with the meaning of their own work.
January 22, 2020
Kovgan's respect for the work as well as the life of her subject is clear and she's captured much of that spirit.
January 22, 2020
While writer/director Alla Kovgan covers Cunningham's philosophy and contemporary reactions to his work, she can't quite convey its raw emotional content.
January 21, 2020
Terrific profile of iconic American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham.
January 17, 2020
Although the documentary breaks no new ground in that genre, [Alla] does tickle with letters seemingly typed on screen as letters are read aloud, and she poses old pictures with new interpretations of Cunningham's dances.
January 17, 2020
Kovgan can get a bit too cutesy in how she uses framing to place these recreations into a proscenium (virtually and literally), but it mostly works.
January 16, 2020
If Cunningham refused to describe the themes behind his art, how the hell does a filmmaker do the job? And how does an audience who isn't versed in dance history make sense of it all?
January 14, 2020
Though the film provides a clear chronology of these formative years, it does so in an inventive, unorthodox manner inspired by Cunningham's own untethered creativity.
January 13, 2020
What this presents is the essence of movement...
January 13, 2020
Dance fan or not this film is a soul-filling experience capturing the vast capabilities of the human body and imagination.
January 13, 2020
Cunningham displays as much visual imagination as the choreographer brought to dance.
January 13, 2020
Cunningham attempts to make sense of...disorder - not as it works in an individual [Cunningham] piece, but how it served as an organizing principle throughout Cunningham's career.
January 11, 2020
Alla Kovgan's beautifully constructed film about choreographer Merce Cunningham is cause for celebration.
January 10, 2020
The film is kinetic and elliptical, with clips from different eras juxtaposed in panels, moving back to a single frame of dancers' feet, or artfully posed in instants of euphoria. It makes you want to absorb the language of dance
January 9, 2020
It's structurally daring, presented in 3D, and devoted to showing rather than explaining, via archival footage and colourful new interpretations of the artist's canon.
January 9, 2020
Cunningham doesn't always work as a portrait of its enigmatic subject, who tended to downplay his success in favour of letting his work speak for itself, but when it does, your jaw drops.
January 6, 2020
Kovgan's film succeeds in a way that most dance documentaries do not: as an art object in and of itself. It is well edited, well paced, and as I've said already, beautifully shot.
January 3, 2020
Cunningham adheres to a distinctly romantic approach to the artist: irascible and railing against the hypocrisy of humanity through these wonderful and complicated movements that soar above and beyond.
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